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Lawyers want access to vets’ electronic claims

Attorneys who help veterans file benefits claims are worried that electronic claims processing will hurt rather than help some people unless lawyers also have access to the claims records.

Electronic claims filing already is available from the Veterans Affairs Department, and is expected to expand over the next two years as VA tries to speed claims processing. Electronic claims are expected to help because their format ensures key information is collected, and because some claims can be processed almost entirely using computer software.

But for security reasons, access to electronic records will be severely restricted. That has drawn complaints from ... 

 

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On VA’s Mental Health Wait Times

When Brian Chevalier was killed in an explosion during a complex ambush, our platoon didn’t take it as an exception to otherwise professional soldiering, or as a mistake that could be corrected on the spot. Chevy’s death was a failure on our part, despite our training, our weapons, and our vigilance. It didn’t matter that the triggerman was hidden from view, or the massive bomb was concealed under concrete. We let him down, and he’s not here because we didn’t keep him safe.

 

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White House Moves to Ensure Accountability in Veterans Education

       Military and Veteran students have increasingly become the target of deceptive recruiting practices by for-profit schools since the Post-9/11 GI Bill became law. Here at VAntage Point, we’ve brought you news and commentary to help you make the best of your education decisions amid a sea of misinformation and unscrupulous advertising.  Today, the White House took a major step forward in restricting the ability of for-profit schools to take advantage of Veterans.

 

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Veterans and Beneficiaries Receive 2012 Cost of Living Adjustment

WASHINGTON – Veterans, their families, and survivors receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs saw a 3.6 percent increase in their compensation and pension benefits beginning January 1.
Veterans, their families and their survivors are entitled to benefits that keep pace with the cost of living,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “VA is also using the latest technology to provide Veterans and their families with access to current information about their benefits.” 

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