VA Proposes Change in Appeals Process

Posted by Jason Van Steenwyk US Dept of Veterans AffairsThe Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing a change in the way it handles appeals, according to a recent entry in the Federal Register. According to the VA’s proposal, “there are two major components of these proposed changes. The first is to require all claims to be filed on standard forms prescribed by the Secretary, regardless of the type of claim or posture in which the claim arises. The second is to provide that VA would accept an expression of dissatisfaction or disagreement with an adjudicative determination by the agency of original jurisdiction (AOJ) as a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) only if it is submitted on a standardized form provided by VA for the purpose of appealing the decision, in cases where such a form is provided. The purpose of these amendments is to improve the quality and timeliness of the processing of veterans’ claims for benefits.”

The public has 60 days to comment on the change before it becomes official. VA executives can then enact the new policies as written, make changes based on the public’s input as well as their own judgment, or scrap the plan altogether. You can read the full proposal and comment on it by clicking on the link above.


Will you comment on the proposed changes? Let us know what you say to the VA in the comments below.


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3 responses to “VA Proposes Change in Appeals Process”

  1. francis doyle says:

    after spending $$$$86.5 million dollars on Las Vegas and Disney general Shinsecki should be fired for the being the most incompetent person ever to help the veterans

  2. Molly G says:

    Francis, I am adding a BIG AMEN!! to that statement. Shinseki acts oblivious to all the ridiculous spending in the Vets Admin, and then defends his Admin when MILLIONS were spent on totally frivolous crystal dinnerware, new artwork in remodeled clinics, and advertising at the end of September in the race to “spend it or lose it” in the next budget. All the while, he and every other thief in the Admin look the other way when the flag-draped coffins arrive and when the crippled, maimed, and psychologically destroyed Veterans stand in lines to be cheated, from travel pay on up to service connected disabilities, as they are told there aren’t enough “funds” to pay them what they were promised AS FAR BACK AS 1967, AND BEFORE!  
    God will decide the fate of these thieves…there is no escaping Him!

  3. Lute Atieh says:

    What they did not touch on is who will be reading / dealing with these items. Simply adding new forms will not speed up the process.

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