An article on the Politico website dated February 5, 2014 highlights the bureaucratic difficulties the Department of Veterans Affairs is experiencing regarding processing disability claims. The country’s numerous veterans from both previous and ongoing conflicts are entitled to benefits for the injuries they’ve incurred, yet the process to file for such claims is both convoluted and long-winded. The article notes that the department has plans to modernize its systems, although it faces a mountain of backlog:
“Veterans still face significant delays on their disability claims that sometimes total hundreds of days at the Department of Veterans Affairs, an agency that long has struggled to upgrade for the 21st century.
Big bucks and years of work certainly have helped the VA evolve meaningfully as it begins to digitize its once-archaic process for receiving and processing millions of benefits applications. But the next few months are critical if the VA hopes to ever meet its goal of hacking the historic backlog by 2015.”
Veterans simply don’t have the time to wait for their benefits to come; much of the recompense they’re set to receive goes towards paying for much-needed medical treatments and rehabilitation. However, the department’s archaic methods of processing claims can potentially set veterans back by months until they finally receive their dues. To speed up the claims process, individuals should seek advice and representation from a capable veterans disability lawyer like one from Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, LC.
(Source: VA still fighting paper war, Politico.com, February 5, 2014)