Speed up handling of VA disability claims and appeals
  • Petitioned The Department of Veterans Affairs

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President of the United States
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Speed up handling of VA disability claims and appeals

    1. M M
    2. Petition by

      M M

      Miami, FL

A recent CBS News investigation revealed 1,758 VA patients killed themselves in 2005. All told, the network estimated that more than 120 veterans commit suicide every week in the United States.

Suicides among veterans average 18 a day, by the government’s estimation, and a backlog of disability claims for post-traumatic stress disorder and other untreated ailments approaches 1 million. Veterans are losing their homes, unable to pay for medical expenses, some die awaiting years for VA claims to be processed.

Hundreds of thousands of veterans, many approaching the winter of their lives, awaiting VA disability claim decisions that will provide or deny a key source of income.

Veterans want a federal appeals court to order the Department of Veterans Affairs to make good on the nation’s commitment to take care of those wounded in mind as well as body.   The VA must speed up the  processing times for disability claims and medical files should be better automated to be more easily accessible for claims processing. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. More Excuses and Delays From the V.A.

      M A
      by M A
      Petition Organizer

      It has been more than three months since a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit accused the Department of Veterans Affairs of “unchecked incompetence” and unconscionable delays in caring for veterans.

    2. Gulf War Syndrome

      M A
      by M A
      Petition Organizer

      There were many factors present in the Gulf during the war that could have played a role in causing illness in those present at the time. It is likely that a combination of a number of these factors together is what led to the illness.

    3. Shamefully Delayed Care is Killing America’s Veterans

      M A
      by M A
      Petition Organizer

      VA continually delays is leaving 3000 veterans each year to die while their disability claims are pending.

    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. U.S. Navy Vietnam veterans fight for benefits Share By Daniel Lippman

      M A
      by M A
      Petition Organizer

      Doug DeWitt served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, but now he feels abandoned by the nation for which he fought.

    6. Reached 25 signatures
    7. 'More than Half of Wounded Troops Slipping Through the Cracks'

      M A
      by M A
      Petition Organizer

      A recent CBS News investigation revealed 1,758 VA patients killed themselves in 2005. All told, the network estimated that more than 120 veterans commit suicide every week in the United States.

    8. Delayed Benefits Frustrate Veterans

      M A
      by M A
      Petition Organizer

      Hundreds of thousands of veterans, many approaching the winter of their lives, await VA disability claim decisions that will provide or deny a key source of income.

    9. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Quentin Durrstein BEAVERCREEK, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      I had shoulder surgery twice now and the first time I was out of work for months from it but they never let me know I should have been given a temp increase to 100% while I healed. The second time I knew better but a temp increase to help you live while recovering takes MONTHS to get. My suregery was in May, they do not pro-rate the month like they do with Social Security or any other benefits to others so it only covers the months you are down from the 1st through the 31st. If you have your surgury on the 5th you are out of luck. Then you wait 6-8 months to get the pay from the increase but by then your power was shut off, your car payments and morgage are now behind and your credit rating has been destroyed. That is of course if they listen to their own doctors who say you can't work and even grant you the increase!

      When my ex-wife died it took one meeting that lasted an hour and 2 weeks to get approval as well as them to start sending the benefit checks for the children so why is it the VA takes MONTHS!?!?

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    • April Stoddard MYRTLE BEACH, SC
      • about 3 years ago

      My husband is an OEF Veteran and has been denied disability through the VA for PTSD which is something the VA's mental health doctors diagnosed him with. He's lost his job and has not been able to be gainfully employed since Nov. '10. We have three small children and have nothing left and are barely staying in our home or putting food on the table. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!! TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS!!!

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