Good news for veterans! The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched its new automated system the speeds up the process.
The new system is called Veterans Benefit Management System or (VBMS). With the implementation of this new system, they hope to eliminate the backlog of disability claims by the end of 2015.
The VA cited a record breaking 1 million claims were filed last year, the year before, and the year before that. What has happened is that many veterans now have coverage of benefits for diseases and ailments that didn’t exist years ago.
Currently the processing time for a new, paper claim has been around 260 days; however with the new system in place, those numbers are expected to drop significantly.
Recently, all the claims that had been over two years in waiting have been processed across the country. In fact, many claims are now under one year, but still some remain over a year; these are now priority.