VA Disability Appeals Reform Passes
The House and Senate approved the “Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act” (H.R.2288), sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost (Ill.) that addresses the growing backlog of disability appeal cases. Currently, there are more than 470,000 cases awaiting appeal.
The bill would create three “lanes” for veterans’ appeals, and would give the Secretary the authority to test the new system prior to full implementation. As well as, allow some veterans, already going through the appeals process, to opt-into the new system. It would require the VA to provide a comprehensive plan for processing legacy appeals-appeals filed before the effective date of the bill.
The bill now goes to President Trump to be signed into law. Thank you to all the Shipmates that used the FRA Action Center and weighed in on this important legislation.