Vets.gov Adds Disability Compensation Claim Status Feature

Veterans are now be able to track the progress of their disability compensation claim online at Vets.gov.  The claim status tracker is now simpler to use, easier to read, more responsive, and even designed for mobile devices.  Where there used to be eight steps in the claim process, there are now only five.  Disability compensation is the claim status currently available on Vets.gov.  Other claim types will be added in early 2017.

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The Difference Between VA Claims and Appeals

A Veterans Administration specialist explains the differences between a VA disability claim and an appeal.  You submit a claim when seeking VA disability benefits (or increased benefits) for one or more medical conditions you believe are related to military service.  The multi-stage appellate (appeal) process is available to you after you have already received one or more decisions on your claim, but disagree with some aspect of VA’s decision.

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A Veteran’s Journey Through the VA Disability Claim Process

A veteran files a disability claim years after leaving the service.  See his journey through the process and the value of getting help from a National Service Officer of one of the Veteran Service Organizations.

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Groups want information on Camp Lejeune disability claim process

The approval rate for disability claims filed with the Veterans Affairs Department for illnesses related to poisonous drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, has dropped by two-thirds since VA implemented a third-party review process to provide medical opinions on related diagnoses. Veterans advocacy groups, including Vietnam Veterans of America, the Connecticut State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America and The Few, the Proud, the Forgotten, have filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records about the subject matter expert program, seeking info on the approval process.

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Veterans Administration Claims Transformation

VA’s Claims Transformation plan is facilitating the processing of disability claims faster and more efficiently.  Vets’ situations are unique and different, and so are their disability claim submissions and their paths to completion. Take a look at some of the most typical claim journeys found in VA’s inventory.

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Email Alert – 11 APR 2014: VA Disability Claims Backlog Drops by 44 Percent

One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims peaked at over 611,000 in March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs 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.   VA has also increased the productivity of its claims processing workforce through enhanced training, business processes and other initiatives such as mandating overtime and prioritizing the oldest claims, allowing VA’s 56 …

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Email Alert – 7 APR 2014: VA Disability Claims Backlog Drops by 44 Percent

One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims peaked at over 611,000 in March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs 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.

VA has also increased the productivity of its claims processing workforce through enhanced training, streamlined business processes and other initiatives such as mandating overtime and prioritizing the oldest …

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Email Alert – 25 FEB 2014: Social Security Announces New Expedited Disability Process for Veterans

Via AMVETS

Car­olyn W. Colvin, Act­ing Com­mis­sioner of Social Secu­rity, along with Con­gress­man John Sar­banes (D-MD) today unveiled a new ini­tia­tive to expe­dite dis­abil­ity claims by vet­er­ans with a Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs (VA) dis­abil­ity com­pen­sa­tion rat­ing of 100% Per­ma­nent & Total (P&T). Under the new process, Social Secu­rity will treat these vet­er­ans’ appli­ca­tions as high pri­or­ity and issue expe­dited deci­sions, sim­i­lar to the way the agency cur­rently han­dles dis­abil­ity claims from Wounded Warriors.

“Our vet­er­ans have sac­ri­ficed so much for our coun­try and it is only right that …

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