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house Bill H.R. 3936

Does the VA Need to Host Events to Help Vets File Disability and Pension Claims?

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Veterans have earned their disability and pension benefits and shouldn’t have to leave go without because they’re unable file their claims. These events will help the VA better serve veterans and ensure their claims get filed.

Brittany's Opinion
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06/19/2016
If events would help, you might as well have them. But this is a short term solution, and the issues present that make the events necessary should be addressed.
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06/19/2016
Having gone through this process myself, I can emphatically say that yes, events to help Veterans in filling their claims for disability and pensions both need and should happen. When I arrived at the Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Knox after my deployment to Afghanistan, and once the decision had been made that I was no longer physically able to continue serving as an Officer in the Army, I spent the next 15 months filing all the paperwork necessary for me to receive my disability benefits. One of the advantages of a WTU is that everything you need is right there for you, including all the people to help you manage and navigate the process. Even with all the necessary resources being within blocks of each other, and essential personal making sure you get the appointments you need with all the paperwork being filed out correctly, this entire endeavor took me 15 months to get through. A lot of Soldiers once they arrive to a WTU all they want to do is get home. They all say the same thing; I’ll take care of this when I get home. The problem with that is, once they get home there is no one there to help them. Filling for disability falls squarely on them. All the appointments, all the follow ups, all the counseling, keeping track of all the endless amounts of paperwork, everything is their responsibility. So needless to say, a lot goes into trying to retain the Soldiers to stay in the WTU where they have the help to successfully file for, get approved for, and receive their disability. But a lot of guys don’t care so they go home, become overwhelmed by just how immense this process is, and never see it through. There was an Officer who I had befriended during my time in the WTU, he had gotten there one day before I did in August 2012. He left not even two months after he arrived there because, just like with so many other Soldiers, he was going to get home, get comfortable, get back to work, and then start filing for disability. I was finally discharged from the Army in November 2013 with 80% disability and a set amount I was going to receive monthly from both the Army and VA. I just happened to talk with this Officer earlier this year, and he told me he was still at least a full year away from having his claim filed. So nearly four years later, he still hasn’t finished the process yet. So until there is a better system in place to help all service members run the gauntlet of getting their claims filed, an event is a terrific idea that will go a long way in helping those people who are trying to tackle this herculean effort alone. Besides, anything positive the VA does to actually “help” a Veteran gets a YEA vote in my book.
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Ashley's Opinion
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06/20/2016
Having had to file for disability myself, I know how complicated it can be. I would have loved assistance from my workplace.
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Argument opposed

There shouldn’t be a need for the VA to hold events geared toward assisting veterans in filing claims for disability and pension benefits, but if they’re going to they should spare no expense rather than looking to minimize cost.

Barney's Opinion
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06/19/2016
The VA should become a single payer institution for Vet care. Anyone who has served in our military should never want for care. They should be able to walk into any Doctors office, hospital or clinic and receive the treatment required. None of this crap of having to wait for weeks or months to be seen or have surgery. A card issued when the marine, solider, airman, sailor or coasty separates from their command. Damn the cost.
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B.R.'s Opinion
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06/19/2016
If the problem of filing disability or pension claims is due to bureaucratic inefficiencies, I fail to see how these VET events are going to help. I would rather see a bill that defines and addresses the inefficiencies, perhaps beginning with looking at the filing process in terms of simplification and, thereafter, expediting the processing of the claims within an acceptable deadline for completion. While progress has been made in clearing up the backlog, i.e., 611,000 claims as of March 2013 to 75,000 as of December 2015, this is still unacceptable. I still believe that the VA needs a complete re-haul.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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06/19/2016
I did not need an event for me to file. But it sure would have helped if they tell you up front what and how to file. So your paperwork doesn't keep coming back with another reason you don't qualify. You did not need that much paperwork to put you in the combat zone.
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    If events would help, you might as well have them. But this is a short term solution, and the issues present that make the events necessary should be addressed.
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    The VA should become a single payer institution for Vet care. Anyone who has served in our military should never want for care. They should be able to walk into any Doctors office, hospital or clinic and receive the treatment required. None of this crap of having to wait for weeks or months to be seen or have surgery. A card issued when the marine, solider, airman, sailor or coasty separates from their command. Damn the cost.
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    If the problem of filing disability or pension claims is due to bureaucratic inefficiencies, I fail to see how these VET events are going to help. I would rather see a bill that defines and addresses the inefficiencies, perhaps beginning with looking at the filing process in terms of simplification and, thereafter, expediting the processing of the claims within an acceptable deadline for completion. While progress has been made in clearing up the backlog, i.e., 611,000 claims as of March 2013 to 75,000 as of December 2015, this is still unacceptable. I still believe that the VA needs a complete re-haul.
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    I did not need an event for me to file. But it sure would have helped if they tell you up front what and how to file. So your paperwork doesn't keep coming back with another reason you don't qualify. You did not need that much paperwork to put you in the combat zone.
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    Having gone through this process myself, I can emphatically say that yes, events to help Veterans in filling their claims for disability and pensions both need and should happen. When I arrived at the Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Knox after my deployment to Afghanistan, and once the decision had been made that I was no longer physically able to continue serving as an Officer in the Army, I spent the next 15 months filing all the paperwork necessary for me to receive my disability benefits. One of the advantages of a WTU is that everything you need is right there for you, including all the people to help you manage and navigate the process. Even with all the necessary resources being within blocks of each other, and essential personal making sure you get the appointments you need with all the paperwork being filed out correctly, this entire endeavor took me 15 months to get through. A lot of Soldiers once they arrive to a WTU all they want to do is get home. They all say the same thing; I’ll take care of this when I get home. The problem with that is, once they get home there is no one there to help them. Filling for disability falls squarely on them. All the appointments, all the follow ups, all the counseling, keeping track of all the endless amounts of paperwork, everything is their responsibility. So needless to say, a lot goes into trying to retain the Soldiers to stay in the WTU where they have the help to successfully file for, get approved for, and receive their disability. But a lot of guys don’t care so they go home, become overwhelmed by just how immense this process is, and never see it through. There was an Officer who I had befriended during my time in the WTU, he had gotten there one day before I did in August 2012. He left not even two months after he arrived there because, just like with so many other Soldiers, he was going to get home, get comfortable, get back to work, and then start filing for disability. I was finally discharged from the Army in November 2013 with 80% disability and a set amount I was going to receive monthly from both the Army and VA. I just happened to talk with this Officer earlier this year, and he told me he was still at least a full year away from having his claim filed. So nearly four years later, he still hasn’t finished the process yet. So until there is a better system in place to help all service members run the gauntlet of getting their claims filed, an event is a terrific idea that will go a long way in helping those people who are trying to tackle this herculean effort alone. Besides, anything positive the VA does to actually “help” a Veteran gets a YEA vote in my book.
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    Having had to file for disability myself, I know how complicated it can be. I would have loved assistance from my workplace.
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    Every effort should be made to make this a simple process. When you think of the current state of how we treat vets, does 'perfection' come to mind? No? Then vote yea.
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    The fact that the Vets need events in order to learn how to receive the care that they need is a joke. Most vets that I know are pretty smart people so how about making the process less complicated so that they can figure it out on their own? Cut the red tape so that you can better serve the veterans.
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    Yes! Stop running the VA like an extension of the IRS and eliminate all the bureaucratic BS. Pretend these benefits are for Congress. Things would move faster than Hillary taking a check at a fundraiser.
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    If we can support our veterans in filling out forms for recruitment to put their lives at risk for this country, we could also help to support veterans to file for the benefits they were promised at said recruitment. Is there any research to back the effectiveness of these types of events in helping to get people the services they need?
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    Give vets healthcare stipends so they can choose if and where they want to receive their healthcare.
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    As we look for better ways to fix the VA, we shouldn't let cynicism stop small steps forward like these events. This is a common sense Yea vote.
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    Everyone procrastinates. Making events for Veterens would make their lives easier so why not?
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    Because our Vets deserve any and all services
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    We can't claim to care for our veterans if we don't make an attempt to care for them.
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    We as a nation should do everything possible to make sure that veterans receive the debt which we all owe to them. Assisting veterans with what is surely an imposing pile of paperwork and red tape is the least we can do.
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    I'm sure veterans can use all the help they can get cutting through all the red tape! I was so blessed to have excellent help with the paperwork when it became necessary for me to file for disability. And let's fix it so veterans don't die because they have to wait months or years to get the medical care they need and which WE OWE THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY! Incidentally, it is infuriating to read that Obama takes better care of the illegal aliens who have invaded our country than he does our veterans! It's even more infuriating that he's admitted nearly 1 million "refugees" from Muslim-majority countries from 2009-2014. I'm bringing this up because most of these "refugees" will end up on welfare, at the taxpayers' expense, and that doesn't bode well for our veterans. I don't think Obama will let the Muslims be the losers in the scramble for more taxpayers' hard-earned dollars! And the "refugees" who just happen to want to work for a living will be competing against AMERICAN CITIZENS for jobs! I bet companies get "incentives" for hiring foreigners over Americans. The top recipients of this Muslim invasion are from the countries that hate us the most! The data doesn’t include illegals or other categories of so-called immigrants, so the number is likely more than a million and steadily increasing each day. Literally. http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/17/despite-cia-warnings-441-syrian-refugees-admitted-since-orlando/ Source: 1M Immigrants From Muslim Countries Admitted During Obama’s Presidency http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/muslim-immigrant-green-card-obama/2016/06/17/id/734434/ The Obama Administration is on track to issue 1 million green cards to immigrants from countries where Muslims are in the majority, according to an analysis of Department of Homeland Security data released Friday. According to the DHS Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, green cards were issued to 832,014 people from Muslim-majority countries in the first six fiscal years of the Obama administration, from fiscal years 2009-2014, the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest report shows. https://www.dhs.gov/yearbook-immigration-statistics http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=news-releases&id=32EBA988-9E36-4CC6-A8F3-ADEC5A705450 In addition, the numbers of green cards increased dramatically in the last two fiscal years of the report, for 2013 and 2014. The records show that 117,423 green cards were issued in fiscal year 2013, compared to 148,810 in fiscal year 2014, for an increase of nearly 27 percent. The reports show that in the first six fiscal years President Barack has held office, the United States issued green cards to an average of 138,669 migrants from Muslim-majority countries every year, and if the trends continue, the United States will have issued green cards to at least 1.1 million migrants from such countries by the time Obama leaves office in January. According to census data published by the Center for Immigration Studies in September, Muslims make up the fastest-growing group of immigrants. The foreign-born population of the United States hit a record high of 42.4 million in July 2014. http://cis.org/us-immigrant-pop-hit-record-42-million-2014 According to Friday’s report, the 832,014 green cards issued so far do not include temporary nonimmigrant visas for people coming in to simply work, or for people overstaying their admission periods. The green card totals from Muslim countries for fiscal years 2009-2014 are: (LED BY THE MUSLIM COUNTRIES THAT HATE US THE MOST AND SOME OF THE PEOPLE IT IS HARDEST FOR US TO VET PROPERLY) Pakistan, 102,000 Iraq, 102,000 Bangladesh, 90,000 Iran, 85,000 Egypt, 56,000 Somalia, 37,000 Uzbekistan, 30,000 Turkey, 26,000 Morocco, 25,000 Jordan , 25,000 Albania, 24,000 Afghanistan, 21,000 Lebanon, 20,000 Yemen, 20,000 Syria, 18,000 Indonesia, 17,000 Sudan,15,000 Sierra Leone, 12,000 Guinea, 9,000 Saudi Arabia, 9,000 Senegal, 8,000 Algeria, 8,000 Kazakhstan, 8,000 Kuwait, 6,000 Gambia, 6,000 United Arab Emirates, 5,000 Azerbaijan, 4,000 Mali, 4,000 Burkina Faso, 3,000 Kyrgyzstan, 3,000 Kosovo, 3,000 Mauritania, 3,000 Tunisia, 2,000 Tajikistan, 2,000 Libya, 2,000 Turkmenistan, 1,000 Qatar, 1,000 Chad, 1,000 More via Obama Admin Increases Green Cards For Migrants From Pro-Sharia Countries http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/26/obama-admin-increases-green-cards-for-migrants-from-pro-sharia-countries/ The Department of Homeland Security granted Lawful Permanent Resident — green card — status to 103,901 migrants from countries in the Middle East in Fiscal Year 2014. (RELATED: Afghan And Iraqi Migrants Big Winners In Newly-Revealed Green Card Spike) http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/25/afghan-and-iraqi-migrants-big-winners-in-newly-revealed-green-card-spike/ That represents a 32 percent increase from the 78,917 issued in Fiscal Year 2013. Fiscal Years extend from October 1 of one year to September 30 of the next. The biggest increase in green cards came for migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. Afghanistan and Iraq are the number one and two countries, respectively, when it comes to citizens who support making Sharia law the official law in their nation, according to a 2015 Pew study. Pakistan is fourth when it comes to this measure. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/07/muslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world/ Ninety-nine percent of Muslims polled in Afghanistan, 91 percent of Muslims polled in Iraq, and 84 percent of Muslims in Pakistan supported Sharia law becoming their countries’ law. Related: Muslims are the fastest-growing immigrant group in U.S. https://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/muslims-are-the-fastest-growing-immigrant-group-in-u-s/
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    If vets don't file for benefits due, then the VA needs to reach out to make it happen. 'Nuff said.
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    Active education to distribute benefits should be a part of the benefit itself
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    Duty and country. This is for citizens and those who serve.
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