Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2013 – Disabled vets are still waiting too long for medical benefits.
In Seattle, Washington, 25,000 disabled vets are still waiting to receive medical benefits. According to a new report, it could take a year or more for those benefits to be processed.
“There are at least 2.1 million claims for U.S. vets currently pending before the Veterans Benefits Administration,” commented veterans disability attorney James Fausone. “These men and women deserve to be better supported by their government, and not have to wait an egregiously long time for basic benefits to which they are entitled.”
Claims by disabled vets to the Veterans Administration have at least tripled throughout the U.S. since 2010, and the influx of Iraq and Afghanistan service personnel returning home has helped to overburden the already-strained disability benefits system. Adding to the mix is a new, electronic medical and service record system.
One such vet who is still trying to get his benefits is Seattle-based Aaron Bisol, who says his wait has, at last count, been more than 505 days. Bisol completed two tours in Afghanistan as part of the airborne infantry, and sustained a leg injury and damage to his hearing while serving. He filed his medical claims with the Veterans Administration in October 2011, and has yet to begin receiving his benefits. When he calls the VA 1-800 number, he says that he typically waits on hold for two hours before speaking with someone.
A study recently released by the Center for Investigative Reporting found that the wait for vets nationally is 273 days, on average. The time can vary by state: Seattle vets wait an average of 323 days; and New York City vets can wait as long as 600 days for their benefits. Even the assistant supervisor of Seattle Disabled American veterans, Greg Kotanchick, had to wait for four years for his claim to go through after his Persian Gulf service. Kotanchick has stated that he, too, believes the new electronic records system is likely to blame for the long processing time.
The VA has stated that it anticipates the two-year backlog of claims will be cleared within 90 days once the system is fully operational and running at top speed.
James G. Fausone is a Veterans disability attorney and Veterans attorney with Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. To learn more or to contact a Veterans disability attorney or Veterans attorney call 1.800.693.4800 or visit http://www.legalhelpforveterans.com.
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