The Veterans Administration is patting itself on the back for reducing the backlog of disability applications to under 100,000. They claim this is the lowest number in the history of the department. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, however, chides the department for sending out congratulatory emails despite promising there would be no backlog by the end of summer 2015.
To cut through red tape and expedite your application when trying to obtain disability benefits, you need a disability lawyer who can make a meaningful difference. Hiring a disability lawyer can mean the difference between getting benefits sooner and living a quality life, and being homeless due to the long-term wait from the Veterans Administration processing the application.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there were 173,389 veterans in West Virginia alone as of 2013. Only 33,341 were collecting disability benefits from the VA. This statistic shows the vast number of veterans who are not being served by their country. Currently, it can take anywhere from 125 days to 207 days or more for you to get your application processed.
The eligibility to apply for disability benefits for veterans states that one must be a veteran from one of the branches of the U.S. Military service. Benefits from the Military must be applied for and aren’t automatically granted. The best solution is to obtain a disability lawyer to ensure you get what is rightfully owed to you, without having to sacrifice quality of life in a long-term waiting game.