U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today signed on to the Veterans Benefits Claims Faster Filing Act, a cost-neutral, bipartisan bill that would help reduce the veterans disability claims backlog by providing veterans with faster filing options.
“Too many Arkansas veterans are stuck in limbo because of the
Veterans Administration’s antiquated claims processing system,” Pryor said.
“Thankfully, the VA has created programs to accelerate turnaround time. Our
bipartisan bill builds on these initiatives to ensure veterans receive their
earned benefits sooner.”
In May, the VA announced the Fully Developed
Claims (FDC) Community of Practice Initiative, an online program that allows the
VA to process claims in half the time of a traditionally filed paper claim. The
Veterans Benefits Claims Faster Filing Act would encourage veterans to
file claims online through the FDC program to expedite processing. The bill
would also require the VA to post the average turnaround time when claims are
filed. Finally, it would require the VA to inform veterans that they are
eligible to receive up to one additional year of benefits when they file with
through the FDC program.
The Veterans Benefits Claims Faster Filing
Act is supported by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).