WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report says veterans may have to wait more than eight years for disability claim appeals with the VA. A new bill in Congress is designed to change that.
Tuesday, Maine Senator Angus King, a co-sponsor, joined with Maine Veterans to call for passage of the bill.
The legislation is designed to overhaul the appeals process to give vets clear and more timely options after receiving an initial appeals decision from the VA.
Senator King is working to get people moving on the measure:
Senator Angus King, I-Maine, said “I put in a bill on this about a year-and-a-half ago with a group of other senators … Just reintroduced it last week .. And just today wrote to the Veteran’s Committee and said lets get moving on this … Its not controversial … We can fix it .. No cost to the taxpayers .. Just an improved process to the veterans .. That’s what its all about.”
The current process hasn’t been updated since 1933.
Right now there are more than 450,000 appeals pending nationwide.