Monday, June 17, 2013

HVAC to Examine VA Disability Benefits Claims Appeal Process

 HVAC to Examine VA Disability Benefits Claims Appeal Process


WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. in room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will hold a hearing to examine the appeal process for Department of Veterans Affairs disability benefits claims.
VA takes nearly 270 days on average to process disability benefits compensation claims, but that figure pales in comparison to turnaround times for VA's claims appeal decisions, which average nearly three years from complaint to completion, according to a 2012 report from VA's Board of Veterans' Appeals. Subsequent appeals to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims or the Federal Circuit could take twice as long.
The purpose of this hearing is to examine why VA's disability benefits claims appeal process is failing and what VA can do to fix it. The following event is open to the press:

WHO:             Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

WHAT:          Hearing: "Why Are Veterans Waiting Years on Appeal?: A Review of the Post-Decision Process for Appealed Veterans' Disability Benefits Claims"

WHEN:          2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WHERE:        Room 334, Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov


Panel 1
Mr. Keith Wilson
Director
Roanoke Regional Office
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Ms. Laura Eskenazi
Principal Deputy Vice Chairman
Board of Veterans' Appeals
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Ronald S. Burke, Jr.
Director
Appeals Management Center
National Capital Region Benefits Office
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Honorable Bruce E. Kasold
Chief Judge
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Statements for the Record
Michael P. Allen, Professor, Stetson University College of Law

James D. Ridgway, Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School

National Organization of Veterans' Advocates

National Veterans Legal Services Program

Bergmann & Moore, LLC

Matthew Middlemas

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 17

The American Legion

Disabled American Veterans

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

Vets First, a Program of United Spinal Association

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Greg E. Mathieson, Sr.
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