Thursday, March 19, 2015

Veterans Disability Claims and The Long Wait Times

Most Veteran Disability claims take an extremely long time before they are resolved.  There are many reasons for this.  The Veterans Administration is underfunded, under staffed and has a huge case load.  This can be very frustrating for veterans trying to get their VA disability benefits.  Changes are being made at the VA that I think will start to help with this but I do not expect it to ever be a quick process.  It is important to know this so you can try not to become too frustrated with the process.  VA lawyers, veterans, Congressman and VA employees all wish the process was faster.  One thing the VA is doing to help with this problem is they are trying to get all VA files and claims into electronic format.  This will probably take a while longer before this is a reality but it is a step in the right direction.  Electronic records have helped make an improvement in the Social Security Disability wait times and I would expect it would help the VA disability wait times as well.  The VA has also received more funding to help with staffing issues.  So as frustrating as it can be hopefully things will slowly get better.  If nothing else I hope this article will help you understand you are not alone in your frustrations with the long wait times in Veterans disability claims.