For the first time in its 80-year existence, more than 1 million veterans’ claims for compensation benefits have showered down on the Veterans Administration (VA). Over the last ten years, disability claims increased by 75 percent, which works out to be 100,000 claims a month. Currently it takes the VA about 160 days to process a disability claim. Their goal is to shave off 35 days in processing time by the end of 2010 to reduce the backlog of claims waiting for decisions. According to VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, once it’s met, efforts will continue to improve efficiencies to shrink it more.
Shinseki spoke at the 92nd Annual American Legion National Convention in Milwaukee on August 31, where he highlighted VA accomplishments over the last 19 months and explained how the VA is tackling improvement goals in the care of veterans. He said the VA this year has:
- Hired 3,500 claims workers at the Veterans Benefits Administration
- Invested $130 million into electronic claims-processing technology for use by 2012
- Invested $110 million into tele-health technology including an electronic records system
- Added three more diseases connected to Vietnam-era Agent Orange; nine more diseases connected to the Gulf War
- Simplified the claims process for veterans with PTSD to get compensation
- Added 20,000 more mental health providers to help increase standards of treatment and care
Shinseki said, “the VA must be, without hesitation, an advocate for veterans…but for all of us, it is to continue to establish priorities, fight for resources and take care of veterans. That’s what we intend to do.” Source: American Forces Press Service
That is also our mission at Alpha. As a private company we have the resources and the experience to help our fellow veterans secure the highest level of compensation due them for their disabilities. As the VA continues to improve their services to veterans, the Alpha team is helping veterans access those services in the quickest and most efficient way possible.
Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.