Congress is trying to speed up Veteran benefits


POSTED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 4:22pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 8:18pm

El Paso, TX (KTSM)- Congressman Beto O'Rourke introduced legislation that could expedite the benefits claims process for veterans.

The Congressman from El Paso has delivered a bill to Washington, D.C. called the Veterans Benefits Claims Faster Filing Act. It was one of a ten bill package that is supposed to modernize and innovate the current VA system. The bill focused on a quicker response time for benefits by educating veterans on the quickest processing route for their claims. The preferred method will be using the internet and the goal is increased turn around time for the benefits.

An El Paso veteran, David Nevarez said he waited more than a year for an answer and some veterans have been waiting longer. Nevarez indicated there are about one million claims backlogging the VA and they are all playing the waiting game.  

In the El Paso region there are about 80-thousand veterans and with Fort Bliss and the families of soldiers stationed there, the number is expected to increase.

(D) Beto O'Rourke's bill is expected to get benefits to veterans in as little as 125 days with a goal of even less than that. The Congressman's office in El Paso has a staff waiting to assist vets with their claims process. The office manager in charge is Mariah Savage: 915-541-1400

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