Magazine article VFW Magazine

Bill Modernizes VA Appeals and Claims Processes

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Bill Modernizes VA Appeals and Claims Processes

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In August, Congress passed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. This bill is the product of years of discussion and work between the VFW, Congress, VA and other veterans organizations to create a streamlined, non-adversarial, process for veterans to appeal a decision on their VA benefits claims.

VA's current process has been outdated for many years, which has resulted in roughly 500,000 appeals being placed on hold due to VA's existing backlog. In fact, between 2015 and 2017, the number of pending appeals increased from approximately 380,000 to 470,000 - a more than 20 percent increase.

The new process applies to new appeals and would allow certain veterans already going through the appeals process to opt into the new system, which creates three separate paths for veterans to choose from when seeking redress from a decision by the Veterans Benefits Administration on their claims for VA benefits. …

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