Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans joined a rising chorus of pro-veteran groups and organizations who are protesting the Veteran’s Affairs Department decision to end the informal claim process.

Both organizations are taking the VA to appeals court in an effort to protest the VA’s new claims system saying it “severely undercuts the non-adversarial, pro-veteran principles upon which the veterans’ benefits system was built. In particular, the VA alters decades-long pro-veterans practices under the guise of creating efficiencies within the VA.”

The American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, AMVETS, and the Vietnam Veterans of America filed suit earlier this year.

On of the major complaints of the claimants is that the new system, proposed by the Veterans Administration, causes undue pressure on veterans by making them fill out forms that essentially postpone the effective date of the claim and denies veterans their deserved compensation.

Anyone who has applied for a claim, knows that the system is flawed already and causes undue hardship in it’s ineffectiveness and the time frame required to get through the process let alone any requests for additional appointments, documents or appeals. The system is long overdue for reform, but this appears to be a huge step in the wrong direction.

For an expanded discussion, see Bryant Jordan’s article at

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