Hundreds of thousands of soldiers are returning from service overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan in need of Veterans’ Disability Benefits. But the sheer volume of claims has been too much for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to handle. This has created a massive backlog of claims awaiting a decision.
In an effort to curb the problem and get claims processed faster, the VA has implemented several policy changes. One of these changes includes processing some claims that have awaited a decision for the longest periods of time first. Many feel this process will only create longer wait times for new claims, though.
To help hold the VA accountable for making these new policy changes work, it was recently announced that top executives of the agency would not be receiving annual bonuses this year. A story from Oklahoma’s 9 News reported that government officials stated the backlog of claims must be reduced before bonuses would be reinstated.
Estimates show that more than $2.8 million in bonuses was given to top VA executives in 2011. This year, the money will be used to decrease the backlog of unprocessed claims.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to expedite decisions being made to get veterans the assistance they are so desperately in need of receiving.