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Sen. Brown Calls on VA to Expedite Processing
DAYTON -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a senior member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, is holding a press conference today calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make changes to eliminate its backlog of an estimated 500,000 claims filed by disabled veterans and their caregivers for services and benefits they have earned.
Brown is expected to announce a plan to prevent and reduce the backlog. Joining him to discuss the backlog's negative effects will be local Vietnam veteran Larry Kinsler, who has been waiting since 2009 to receive his disability benefits. Brown also is expected to hold a roundtable discussion with local leaders on the VA backlog issue.
Last month, Brown said he introduced two key pieces of legislation aimed at addressing the backlog. He introduced the Veterans Services Outreach Act, legislation that would require the VA to notify veterans filing claims electronically that they can receive help and important time-saving information that could significantly improve their claim and reduce their wait time. Brown also said he is working to pass the Claims Processing Improvement Act of 2013, legislation that would hold the VA accountable by requiring it to publicly report information on both its projected monthly goals and actual production so that Congress and the public knows if the VA is working toward eliminating its backlog. The bill would also establish a task force to hire and train claims processors, and develop tactics to attack and eliminate the backlog.
ABC 22/FOX 45 will have more from Brown's meetings in Dayton tonight at 6 on ABC 22 and at 6:30 on FOX 45.
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