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VA to start processing disability claims for certain conditions related to particulate matter

VA will begin processing disability claims Aug. 2 for asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis on a presumptive basis based on presumed particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas — if these conditions manifested within 10 years of a qualifying period of military service.

BREAKING: VA plans expansion of benefits for disability claims for conditions related to certain toxic exposures

VA announced today two major decisions related to presumptive conditions associated with Agent Orange and particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia.

Blue Water Navy Veterans’ disability claims to be decided beginning Jan.1, 2020

Blue Water Navy Veterans’ disability compensation claims now being decided. Here is what Veterans need to know about the new Blue Water Navy Act and how it may affect them.

By |December 13th, 2019|Benefits|67 Comments

New video series teaches Veterans how to file disability claims online

VA is transforming the way Veterans learn about and apply for benefits through a new video tutorial highlighting the digital Disability Compensation Benefits Claims tool released earlier this year.

By |November 12th, 2019|Benefits, News Releases, Top Stories|39 Comments

From saving lives on he battlefield to filing disability claims for others, one loyal Marine’s story

Frank Kiss was awarded the Silver Star and a Purple Heart for his selfless and heroic acts during the Korean War.

By |April 11th, 2018|Guest Posts|1 Comment

Decision Ready Claims speeds up disability claims processing with help from VSOs

Veterans who submit their claim under DRC with accredited Veterans service organizations can expect to receive a decision within 30 days from the time VA receives the claim.

By |September 7th, 2017|Benefits, Top Stories|8 Comments

WARTAC: DOD/VA pilot program trains transitioning warriors to process VA disability claims

  On VBA’s social media channels, people often ask, “What is VA doing about the claims backlog?” or “Why doesn’t VA hire more Veterans?” or “Why doesn’t VA hire Veterans to work on Veterans’ claims?” The answers, actually, are that “VA has done quite a lot,” and “We have, and we are [hiring Veterans].” In fact, VA did it yesterday. At Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and [...]

By |June 5th, 2015|Top Stories|9 Comments

VA makes gains in faster disability claims processing

The federal initiative to provide timely decisions on disability payments to Veterans has crossed a major milestone in its final sprint to eliminate the backlog of Veterans’ benefits claims. The major transformation effort to apply new technology and process solutions has paid off at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It reduced its inventory of backlogged claims from a high of 611,000 claims in March [...]

By |March 30th, 2015|News Releases|5 Comments

Disability Claims Backlog Reduced by 44 Percent Since Peaking One Year Ago

One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims peaked at over 611,000 in March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reduced that number by approximately 44 percent to 344,000 claims – a reduction of more than 267,000 – while at the same time improving the accuracy of the decisions being made on Veterans’ disability claims. Additionally, on average, Veterans are waiting [...]

By |April 1st, 2014|Top Stories|40 Comments

Backlog of Disability Claims Reduced by 34 Percent since March, 93 Percent of Claims Over One Year Old Completed

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made significant progress in reducing the backlog of disability compensation claims – from 611,000 to 400,835 or 34 percent -- since peaking in March.  Concurrently, VA improved the accuracy of disability ratings, and provided hundreds of thousands of claims decisions to Veterans who have waited the longest. “Veterans shouldn’t have to wait for the benefits they’ve earned,” said Secretary [...]

By |November 7th, 2013|Top Stories|24 Comments

Provisional Decisions Coming to Older Disability Claims

To be sure, last week was a big one for breaking national news, so you may have missed a substantial development with VA’s claim process, and the backlog of claims that have way too many folks waiting for a decision. From VA’s Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey, on Friday: Effective today, every regional office will begin implementing an initiative to ensure that those who [...]

By |April 22nd, 2013|Top Stories|19 Comments
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