A new article published in USAToday reports that veterans filing a new disability claim can wait a year or more to get an answer from the VA, potentially costing them thousands of dollars a month in Veterans Disability Benefits, even as they get VA medical treatment.
Wait times in Connecticut spiked late in 2011, at which point the wait times were higher than the national average. While Connecticut's backlog has since stabilized, there are still more than half a million veterans waiting for help. Due to pressure from veterans groups and news media, the VA is working on the backlog, but doesn’t expect to catch up on claims requests for at least two more years.
Many veterans blame the backlog on the VA still using paper to process claims. In 2011, the VA began using a computerized system in several of its offices, and continues to roll out this system across the country. Despite the updated technology, the Center for Investigative Reporting study found that 97% of all veterans benefits are still processed on paper.
The Veterans Disability Benefits Lawyers with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers understand how frustrating it can be for the men and women of our armed services to have to wait so long to get their benefits. If you're still waiting and have legal questions, we recommend discussing your options with a qualified attorney.