During my time serving as a U.S. senator, many New Hampshire veterans contacted my office seeking help in navigating the complex and confusing process of filing a claim for disability benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Years have passed since I left the Senate, but the VA has failed to fix this broken system. The claims process is still excruciatingly bureaucratic, and veterans are still waiting far too long to get their benefits or are getting less than they deserve.
As the echoes of Veterans Day celebrations linger in our hearts and minds, it is essential to recognize that the significance of this day extends beyond the parades and expressions of gratitude. It is important to remember that when it comes to addressing the challenges faced by veterans in the Hawkeye State, their service matters. One truth is clear in the complex arena of policies and bureaucracy: Iowa’s 162,000 veterans deserve unparalleled support and service.
One of America’s longest running inside-the-beltway battles on domestic policy took a turn for the better last month with the American Legion showing leadership among Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) over who can help millions of veterans file disability claims.
According to Military Times, Chanin Nuntavong, the Legion’s executive director broke ranks with his peer major VSOs, finally acknowledging that for-profit companies can join the benefits community to help alleviate hundreds of thousands of backlogged claims, provided they get accredited by the Veterans Administration (VA).
Disabled veterans are not stupid. Why are some members of Congress and even some Veteran Service Organizations acting like they are?
It’s no secret that the Department of Veterans Affairs has its challenges. I’m not here to attack the VA or the men and women who work there for all the right reasons. The department certainly has hurdles to overcome, from a six-figure backlog of disability claims to a ballooning budget to infrastructure and staffing issues. At the end of the day, we are grateful that our federal government dedicates massive resources to the cause of protecting and caring for those who have made untold sacrifices for our country.
A long-standing arrangement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to process claims for migrant medical care is drawing scrutiny from veterans’ advocates — who are concerned that it could affect the agency’s mission of caring for veterans — amid an ongoing border crisis and existing complaints about the care delivered to veterans.
“I’d like to understand why the VA is involved,” Russ Duerstine, executive director of Concerned Veterans for America and a veteran of the United States Air Force, told Fox News Digital.
Washington, DC – The National Association for Veteran Rights (NAVR) launched today to represent private companies that help disabled Veterans. The new trade association will establish an industry certification to promote high ethical standards and transparent business practices. The group will also advocate for veterans’ rights, including the right to seek help from private services in navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) disability benefits claims process. Former Acting VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke will serve as the group’s President.