Verna Jones, director of The American Legion's Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, testified before the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs in favor of several bills related to the disability claims backlog -- the number of which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently whittled down to about 520,000. Noting VA's recent achievement of resolving -- in 60 days -- all claims that had been pending for two years or longer, the Legion asked why these practices were not employed earlier. And since these claims were adjudicated so rapidly, does the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) "feel confident in the accuracy?" Summaries of the hearing and a webcast are available on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs website.
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