Veterans

December 6, 2012

VA completes more than 1 million compensation claims in 2012

Department of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that the Veterans Benefits Administration, or VBA, which oversees the delivery of disability compensation and other benefits to the nation’s veterans, processed more than one million disability claims during fiscal [year] 2012, marking the third year in row VBA claims processors have exceeded the one million mark.  

“We have made great strides, but we realize much work remains to be done to better serve veterans,” said Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey. “Too many veterans still wait too long. That’s unacceptable, and that is why VA has begun implementing a paperless, digital disability claims system — a lasting solution that will transform how we operate and eliminate the claims backlog.” 

In August, VA had its most productive claims processing period in its history, completing a record 107,462 claims and surpassing the previous monthly record of 103,296 set in 2010. This high level of production is accompanied by an increase in the overall accuracy of rating decisions, which has risen from 83 to 86 percent since September 2011, as determined by VA’s national quality assurance program.

While claims production is at historic highs, incoming disability claims have increased nearly 50 percent since 2008, outpacing VA’s current claims processing capacity. 

“Our employees are working very hard to sustain this level of production,” said Hickey. “This is a testament to their dedication to meeting the increasing needs of our Veterans.”

VA’s goal is to process all disability claims within 125 days, at a 98-percent accuracy level, and eliminate the claims backlog in 2015.

This year, VBA is beginning a nationwide organizational transformation to increase its claims decision output by retooling procedures and deploying paperless data systems that will speed claims processing and improve quality. All 56 VBA regional offices will be operating under the new organizational model by the end of 2013. 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

FMWR Briefs – September 19, 2014

Fun Festival vendors needed FMWR personnel seek food, arts and crafts, novelty and other vendors for the 2014 Fun Festival to be held Sept. 26 – 28 at Veterans’ Memorial Park, Sierra Vista. For more information, call 520.538.0836 or 520.266.8033. SAC has openings for after-school care The School-Age Center, located in Building 52056, has several...
 
 
Photo1

Buena HS JROTC holds ceremony, retires flags

From left, C/Cpl. Jacob Sieler, 16, Sam Sieler, 8, and C/Cpl. Bryce Devoss, 17, render salutes during the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps’ Fourth Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony, Sept. 11 at Buena High School. The event...
 
 

Volunteers needed for National Public Lands Day

More than 180,000 volunteers are expected at more than 2,200 sites across the country on Sept. 27 to take part in the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States — National Public Lands Day. The Friends of the San Pedro River and the Bureau of Land Management invite the public to...
 

 

Cochise College 50th celebration features authors, ceremonies, Beatles

Cochise College will kick off its 50th anniversary festivities on Monday at the Sierra Vista campus. Identical events in the same time slot take place Tuesday on the Douglas campus. On Monday at 4 p.m., an authors’ signing takes place, followed by a ceremony at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., Twist & Shout: The Definitive...
 
 

Community Briefs September 19, 2014

Take USO survey, win prize Sound off to win $500 through Oct. 1. Active duty, and members of the National Guard and Reserve are invited to share feedback about United Service Organization, USO, Centers. To enter for a chance at the $500 Visa gift card, complete the online survey at www.telluso.org. Zumbathon announced The Cochise...
 
 
pic

Chalk Talk

From left, Peer Mediators at General Myer Elementary School work on their tie-dyed shirts for peer mediation. Pictured are fifth grade peer mediators Haylie Weakland, Autumn Wilson, Ashari Brown, Lilliana Perez,. Gary Nieves, A...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin