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)
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