Attorney General urges VA to make veterans' claims easier
SC Attorney General Alan Wilson is going to bat for military veterans.
Wilson, an Iraqi War veteran, has joined 41 other attorneys general in urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to end delays and confusion in veterans' claims.
He wants the VA to reevaluate changes made to its longstanding claims review during the covid-19 pandemic.
In April, the VA said it wiull rescind its policy of allowing veterans service organizations review claims decisions before they are final.
Wilson said the change will further delay benefits veterans have earned.
“We need to make the VA process easier for our veterans to get the health care they were promised, not harder." he said.
"This change would definitely make things harder.”
"It’s an even worse idea during a pandemic that’s affecting a lot of veterans and their families.”
For decades, the VA has given accredited veterans service organizations 48 hours to review claims decisions prior to the department issuing its final determination.
According to the VA, review by VSOs helps identify errors or issues that may require clarification or additional discussion.