July 2nd, 2013|
July 2, 2013
The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announced they are making progress in eliminating the backlog of unprocessed claims for Veterans’ Disability Benefits. Officials stated that all 65,000 claims that have been pending more than two years have been processed.
According to an article released by WSFA 12 News, the VA implemented a policy two months ago where the oldest undecided claims were made a priority. A total of 312 such cases were identified in Alabama.
The agency also implemented a policy of requiring all employees to work 20 hours a week of overtime in order to achieve the goal. The VA eliminated the backlog by implementing a system that channels claims for processing, which created a more efficient system.
With all claims two year old or more having now moved through the system, the VA says it will now focus on eliminating all claims older than one year before attempting to process the remaining claims that have not been put through the system within the agency’s 125-day goal.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how important getting veterans the benefits they need in a timely manner is. The firm suggests discussing your legal rights with an attorney if you are considering applying for Veterans’ Disability benefits or if you have had a claim denied in the past.