About the bill
It takes six years on average for veterans to resolve an appeal for a disability claim with the VA. A new law aims to cut that. The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, signed into law last week, aims to cut that backlog.
Any time a veteran files a claim for disability that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rejects, they have the right to appeal. But the average wait before a final decision is six years — and one service member has even waited 25 years. As a result, the number of pending appeals has increased sharply, rising in the past two years alone from 380,000 to now 470,000 pending appeals.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently spends about $63.7 billion per year on 4.1 …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 12th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Oct 16, 2017
Length: 24 pages
What legislators are saying
“Cramer: house ensures va reform with passage of legislation”
— Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND] on Nov 10, 2017
This bill incorporates provisions from:
S. 1024: Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017
Ordered Reported on Jun 28, 2017. 100% incorporated. (compare text)
S. 712: Department of Veterans Affairs Appeals Modernization Act of 2017
Introduced on Mar 23, 2017. 88% incorporated. (compare text)
S. 152: VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2017
Introduced on Jan 17, 2017. 32% incorporated. (compare text)
H.R. 611: VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2017
Introduced on Jan 23, 2017. 32% incorporated. (compare text)
H.R. 2288 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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