Brown calls on VA to 'eliminate' its disability claims backlog

Brown said that more than 523,000 veterans have filed disability benefit claims that they earned through U.S. military service. 

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Brown pointed to two bills he said would prevent and reduce the backlog.

“The Veterans Services Outreach Act would significantly reduce their wait by providing veterans the important information and assistance they need to improve their claims,” Brown said. “Finally, the Claims Processing Improvement Act would give the VA the tools it needs to better attack the backlog so that it can be eliminated.”

The Veterans Services Outreach Act, S. 927, would require the VA to notify veterans filing claims electronically that they can receive help to reduce their wait time. The Claims Processing Improvement Act, S. 928, would require the VA to publicly report information on both its projected monthly goals and actual production so that Congress and the public knows if the VA is working toward eliminating its backlog. The bill would also establish a task force to hire and train processors to reduce the the number of claims.

Brown serves on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Sanders is the lead sponsor of both bills.