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H.R. 5892, The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act of 2008 (13 comments ↓ | 7 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 5892 would amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to modernize the disability benefits claims processing system of the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure the accurate and timely delivery of compensation to veterans and their families and survivors.

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Berta Simmons

May 2, 2008, 6:22pm (report abuse)

I dont see anything in this bill that actually addresses the solution to the backlog.

As long as VAROs can send prejudicial VCAA letters to veterans and widows which may or may not include a VCAA Election form (which triggers the VA to begin to work on the claim) then those veterans and widows (like me) become a part of the backlog.

I am seeking someone in Congress to sponsor an amendment to the VCAA to stop this and thus stop a continued backlog.

I will attach the amendment I wrote in email if you respond.

BSim756679@aol.com

I am a volunteer veterans claims counselor and I know what will change the backlog.

Al Kovacs

May 2, 2008, 10:44pm (report abuse)

I have been waiting 30 years no accountability by these agencies.For musculoskeletal injuries.24 years of medical documentation vanished for treatment of these injuries.If things were process correctly the first time there would be no back log. 50 days active duty hospitalization,and others.Disgraceful to the American Soldier.

lawrence smith

June 6, 2008, 2:23am (report abuse)

I was retired on TDRL in 1976. Eighteen months later, I was removed from TDRL. Being put on this list, deprived me of my chance of playing Major League Baseball. I was removed totally from 1977-1991 and in 1991, I was rated 10% until 1996, then 50% then in 2000, 100%. I would like to get my back pay. I have already applied for the earliest effective date. This show that the VA is not trying to resolve my case. I have been on unemployability over 11 years, including my retroactive pay, back to 1996. Signed Sgt. Lawrence Smith, U.S. Air Force retired.

FRANK BUSHEY

June 8, 2008, 3:06am (report abuse)

THIS HAS BEEN THIS WAY,IT SEEMS FOREVER. PRIORITY NUMBER ONE SHOULD BE THE VERY SHORTEST TIME THAT IT CAN BE DONE, THIS MEANS GETTING MORE HELP. DO IT. THESE TROOPS LAID IT OUT ON THE LINE FOR THIS COUNTRY AND THEY DESERVE THE VERY BEST. IF THE MILITARY WAS RUN LIKE THE GOVERNMENT WE WOULD HAVE LOST EVERY WAR WE FOUGHT. A DISCOURAGED ATOMIC VETERAN

lawrence smith

July 31, 2008, 3:19am (report abuse)

I have been 80% combined and paid at the 100% rate for 11 years. I am owed 20 years back pay. If I am already receiving 100% pay, what is the hold up for giving me the flat rate to receive my 20 years backpay?

James Kirkman

July 31, 2008, 2:07pm (report abuse)

My claim is 6 years old, as they say since I ws not a "combat" soldier, I did nothave contact with the enemy, thus no stressor. My claim is at the CAVC and has been there 16 months and just now has been assigned a Judge for review. They say itmight take another year for the Judge to review the case. Most likely the Judeg wil lnot reverse the VA's decision, but will reamnd it back to them, like letting the fox take care of the hen house. To top it all off, the VA had and completely lost my original service and medical records. Yet, they still denied my obvious claim. I have (14) of the VA's own doctors that agree I have service connected PTSD and should be getting benefits, but the C&P services keep fighting me as if I were a criminla. I have actually askedthem to prosecute me if they thing I have filed a fraudulent claim.

K9USAFRet

August 16, 2008, 6:34am (report abuse)

No more studies, no more studies.

Unfortunately, I have never seen a more worthless piece of legislation in my life. Three years of studies is really going to fix a deliberate effort by the VA to stall claims until Vets die and their widows give up! Thrash it and re-write it from scratch!

K9USAFRet

September 8, 2008, 3:12pm (report abuse)

The backlog started in 1989, and has gotten worse every year. There have been at least four other attempts to pass legislation, all died in committee.

The GAO just released an audit that suggests the VA can't even count the backlog correctly. They don't count those cases remanded (x,000), they don't count those that are appealed (x,000) or disagreed with (x,000).

The work credit system rewards inaccuracy, the management system rewards inefficiency and mismanagement, the rating schedule is for the most part 58 - 94 years old and is the biggest ripoff in American history, and the Secretary of the VA, who should be prosecuted for collusion, conspiracy, malpractice, and murder is being given more authority to KILL Veterans. Anyone who thinks this is a good bill should get off the LSD!!!

Susan Hill

September 16, 2008, 3:29pm (report abuse)

Unfortunately my husband died while waiting for his claim to be approved for cancer. It happens to other veterans each and every single day. No one does anything. It's all talk and the veterans and their families suffer the consequences.

M.Rivas

October 4, 2008, 3:41pm (report abuse)

HR5892 would cost less than $1.00 per American---The "fat cats bail out" will be better than $3000.00 per tax payer. It's been "--too much monkey business---" for far too long.ORGANIZE!! GET THE RASCALS OUT!! GOT VOTE??

dmarie

October 9, 2008, 7:09pm (report abuse)

are state congressmans required to keep copies of complaints against dod hospitals and if so how do I obtain a copy from Congressman Charlie Rose.

rlsperling472183391

October 17, 2008, 4:13pm (report abuse)

benifit increasefor 100% vets

W.H. Heino Sr.

November 22, 2008, 5:47pm (report abuse)

Just like James Kirkman's case was lost, mine as well was lost by the BVA and had to be rebuilt. It went to the CAVC who refused to adjudicate from a rebuilt file. Now it's back at the BVA on remand and of course they will be working on a rebuilt file. Isn't it funny how they seem to lose cases that they don't want to handle? Well I'm going to be 75 years old come Jan 2009, accoording to BVA rules perhaps that will speed things up before I die.

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