The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a lofty goal for the future: get all veterans’ disability claims processed within 125 days and with 98 percent accuracy in three years. With the steady increase in disability claims caused by the aging Baby Boomer population and more disabled vets returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is a challenging proposition, but one for which VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has a plan.
VA officials outlined their proposed reforms in front of the U.S. House veteran affairs’ subcommittee on disability assistance earlier this month. They involve two major future changes:
- A switch to online electronic claims processing. In the future, veterans would apply for benefits through the VONAPP Direct Connect (VDC) website and would spend under an hour filling out electronic forms. This new system would hopefully cut out months of lag time.
- A revision of the Disability Rating system. The current rating system has not been overhauled since World War II. The revision would add new illnesses, update information to include advances in medical science and make the system generally more equitable.
The VA hopes that the combination of these two reforms will make veterans’ disability benefits faster and fairer.
How will these new changes affect your own veterans’ disability claim? Speak to a Dallas veterans’ disability attorney at Morgan & Weisbrod for all of the answers to your disability application que
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.