Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee members quickly passed a comprehensive overhaul of the veterans benefits appeals process on Wednesday, setting up what they hope will be a flurry of major advances on veterans issues before the August congressional recess.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.militarytimes.com
It’s worth reading and following read and track it here.
While you’re there read through some of the statements provided by various stakeholders such as this one from NOVA
“As NOVA noted in the 114th Congress, this new framework removes many procedural and due process protections for veterans. To offset the removal of some of these protections and eliminate “effective date traps,” VA proposed the primary benefit conferred to veterans under its original proposal: the ability to preserve the effective date of a claim denied in a BVA decision by filing a “supplemental claim” within a year of that denial (with no limit to the number of times the veteran can avail himself of this option).”
From the article:
“If it becomes law, the new plan would create new options on how veterans can appeal benefits decisions they think are too low or missed critical health evidence. In some cases, veterans in the new system would waive the chance to submit new evidence or official hearings in favor of quicker resolutions. In others, they’d retain those rights, but face more reasonable timelines for submissions and decisions.”