Thursday, February 28, 2013

VA Nearly Done With Agent Orange Claims

http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7229/va-nearly-done-with-agent-orange-claims/
About two years ago, Secretary Shinseki made the decision to award presumptions of service connection to certain diseases that may have been caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. That decision added nearly a quarter of a million claims to an already stressed backlog, but it was a long overdue victory for Vietnam Vets and their families who waited too long for action.
Today, VA announced that nearly all of the 230,000 claims for Agent Orange presumption for diseases including ischemic heart disease, hairy cell and other chronic B-cell leukemias, and Parkinson’s disease have been processed, which has put $3.6 billion into the hands of Vietnam Vets and their survivors. The most experienced raters, about 36 percent of all employees who handle claims, were put on these claims to get the claims finished as soon as possible.
Now that nearly all Agent Orange presumption claims have been completed, the 1,200 claims workers diverted to this unprecedented action will return to normal duties. This will surely help tackle the backlog, which significantly grown as Veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan and file more complex claims at a higher rate than ever before (45 percent of new Veterans submit claims after service). VA completed one million claims in each of the last two years, an unprecedented number, but the amount of claims submitted outpaced those numbers.
VA has put together a transformation plan that emphasizes technology and new processes to finish claims faster and more accurately. The Veterans Benefits Management System is on its way to 16 regional offices this year, and will be found at 56 regional offices by the end of next year.
Veterans who may qualify for Agent Orange presumption include those who were exposed based on duty or visitation in Vietnam or on its inland waterways between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975; exposed along the demilitarized zone in Korea between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971; or exposed due to herbicide tests and storage at military bases within and outside of the United States. Check out the Agent Orange Fast Track web site if you think you may be affected by the diseases listed above as a result of Agent Orange exposure.

3 comments:

  1. the claims may be processed, but the appeals process is "4-5 years behind", per wilmington de va.

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  2. The claims process is not an embarasment(sp)nor is it overburdened. It will always be an adversarial(sp) process as the government controls it 100%. Doesn't it become clearer and clearer as time passes, that they report on different claim processes?
    PROCESS ~ Presumptious to exposure to dioxins
    PROCESS ~ Not on the presumptious list, yet, very much in the deadley exposures catagory. The later of the two, like the above post states, is Y E A R S behind.
    The later IS the real tragety.(sp)

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  3. Nearly Done. So, how did they do it?

    1- declined
    2- declined
    3- declined
    4- declined

    you get my drift.

    And Karzi has the sac to critize us. Go figa'.

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