For starters, they would no longer have to wait 25 to 30 days — or longer — to get a full assessment from a VA physician before their claim moves forward, putting them a month closer to getting deserved benefits.

"It cuts down the processing time and the paperwork that is necessary to adjudicate that claim," said Scott Hope, an assistant supervisor with the local Disabled American Veterans group. "It cuts down a lot of the preliminaries."

This relates to the Veterans Affairs innovation initiative that I played a minor role in, part of a much bigger effort. Check out Fixing Washington now: first results from Dept of Veterans Affairs.