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Has the VA solved their backlog problems?

After being ripped apart by Congress and the media for years, the Department of Veterans Affairs is now proudly proclaiming their backlog of disability claims is down by 44 percent.

But have they really solved the problem?

American Legion Commander Dan Dellinger visited Hampton Roads this week, making a stop at American Legion Post 327 in Norfolk.

And while he says the VA has made strides with first time claims, they’re also seeing the appeals process go up as they are doing the claims.

The VA Regional Office in Roanoke processes all the claims for veterans in Hampton Roads.

At the end of March, more than 19,000 veterans had disability benefits claims pending.

That’s down 33 percent from one year ago when more than 29,000 were still waiting.

But during the same time period, the number of appeals went up by 20 percent.

And those veterans who want a correction to their disability benefits will be waiting an average of 3-4 years.

The American Legion says it all can be blamed on the antiquated records systems the VA uses, which consist of stacks of paper files.

“What we need to do is have the seamless electronic medical records, where DOD and VA talks to each other, talking to Congress, VA about this, they have already spent a billion dollars but haven’t solved it as of yet,” Dellinger says.

And there is still no concrete timetable for when the project will be completed, giving those veterans still waiting very little hope.

3 comments

  • AMERICAN SOLDIER

    The problem is from the top down. Shinseki, Hickey and the other top VA executives know exactly what the problem is. The VA executives, VA lawyers, and VA claims processors are misappropriating (STEALING) the BILLIONS of DOLLARS that Congress allocates each fiscal year to the VA. This money is supposed to be used for patient medical care and compensation for our DISABLED VETERAN SOLDIERS. But, instead the billions of dollars are being divided up among VA employees paying huge salaries, unearned bonuses of $20,000-$50,000 annually, the best family medical benefits (not Obama Care either), homes, government issued automobiles, vacations, conferences(parties) complete with 5-Star hotels, expensive meals and alcohol, entertainment (gambling, strippers, hookers, etc) and MORE!
    While the VA employees are stealing all this TAXPAYERS’ MONEY,
    our INJURED, SICK, and WOUNDED AMERICAN HEROES are SUFFERING & DYING WHILE BEGGING the VA for HELP!
    When the VA leaders tell law makers (the President, Congress, & the Senate) and the media that the CLAIMS BACKLOG has been reduced, THEY ARE LYING! MORE VETERANS’s Claims for Medical Care & Compensation are just being DENIED and FORCED into the APPEALS BACKLOG. This Appeals Backlog is STACKS & STACKS OF CARDBOARD BOXES PILED IN STORAGE ROOMS AT VA CENTERS ACROSS the NATION! WHEN SKINSEKI TESTIFIES ABOUT THE VA CLAIMS BACKLOG, HE IS NOT INCLUDING THIS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of APPEALED CLAIMS (APPROXIMATELY 400,0000, AND MAKES NO MENTION OF THEM! 

  • AMERICAN SOLDIER

    If the VA took care of ALL the pending veterans’ claims for medical care and compensation, they will still have billions of dollars left for their bonuses and conventions(parties)!

  • Morey Soffo

    I am USN (Ret.) When I retired, I chose the VA as my primary care provider while I went to college full-time on the GI Bill. For the past decade with my post-graduate employer, UPS, although my spouse is provided with BC/BS by my employer and Tri-Care, I have chosen to remain with the VA as my primary care provider. I have plastic surgery scheduled on Good Friday to deal with my chronic rosacea and my cost will be nil thanks to the VA, BC/BS and Tri-Care. I have no complaints about my health care from the VA. I also have a permanent knee injury, and my care from the VA has been more than I expected. My thanks to the VA Hospital in Madison, WI.

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