U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Legislation to Help Veterans Through Disability Claims Appeals Process
Co-Sponsors the Veterans Appeals Assistance and Improvement Act of 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced her co-sponsorship of legislation introduced today by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to help improve the quality and consistency of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims appeals and help address the VA’s oldest pending claims. Specifically, the bill would improve and expand pro bono legal services for veterans during their appeals process, and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with additional authority to expedite consideration of unreasonably delayed claims.
“This is a commonsense measure that will improve services to our veterans,” said Baldwin. “By providing pro bono legal assistance we can help our veterans navigate this often burdensome process, work towards reducing the appeals backlog and deliver better care for our nation’s heroes.”
In addition, the bill would authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to target and accelerate adjudication of the most unreasonably delayed claims.
The Shaheen bill is currently co-sponsored by Baldwin and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Mentioned in This Press Release
Recent Press Releases by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Senate Appropriations Committee includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
As NAFTA Renegotiations Move Forward, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Leads Letter to Trump Administration Calling for Strong Protections for WorkersNov 15th, 2017 by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
"Entrenched corporate special interests are fiercely lobbying against reforms that benefit American working families."
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Letter to FCC Chairman Raising Concerns Over Proposed Rule That Could Harm Rural Americans Who Depend on Landline ServiceNov 14th, 2017 by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
"Households and businesses in our states, and across the country, cannot afford the disruption of having service altered without adequate advance notice..."