El Paso Veterans' benefits backlog gets push from O'Rourke
WACO, TX (KTSM) — Congressman Beto O'Rourke will visit the Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office in Waco to meet with leadership and offer his help in eliminating the benefits claims backlog.
More than 80,000 El Paso veterans are currently served out of the WACO VBA Regional Office which has some 45,000 claims pending with an average processing time of 438 days. Congressman O'Rourke has made reducing the benefits claims backlog one of his priorities in Congress.
Earlier this week, he organized a meeting with VA Undersecretary for Benefits General Allison Hickey and 17 other members of Congress, including Senator John Cornyn, to request that the VA provide them with monthly progress reports on fixing the problems at Waco.
This weekend, Congressman O'Rourke will host his second quarterly veteran's town hall meeting. In attendance will be El Paso VA Director Dr. John Mendoza, Veterans Benefits Administration Director Rodney Thompson, and Fort Bliss National Cemetery Administration Director Andrew Matthews, who will answer questions about their work offer better health care service to veterans, re-grassing the Fort Bliss cemetery, and their progress in eliminating the benefits claims backlog.