The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has implemented a new policy that eliminates the need for veterans to complete an annual eligibility verification report in order to ensure that pension benefits are continued, according to a news release.
Under the new initiative, the VA will work with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify continued eligibility for pension benefits.
“By working together, we have cut red tape for veterans and will ensure these brave men and women get the benefits they have earned and deserved,” Eric Shinseki, secretary of Veterans Affairs, stated in the release.
VA employees that normally process eligibility verification reports will now focus on eliminating the compensation claims backlog.
Do you think this will help more claims get processed or transfer the burden from the VA to other agencies?