VA Moves To Process Oldest Disability Claims First

WASHINGTON (April 19, 2013)--Veterans who’ve been waiting for more than a year for decisions on their disability claims are moving to the front of the line, under a new program the Veterans Administration announced Friday in response to criticism about the soaring number of claims that have been pending for longer than 125 days.

The VA couldn't say how many veterans were waiting more than a year for a decision, but VA records show it took 262 days on average to resolve a claim in the past fiscal year.

VA Undersecretary Allison Hickey says provisional decisions will be made in coming months on the oldest claims.

Veterans whose claims are granted would get compensation immediately while those whose claims are denied would have a year to submit more information.

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