At present the Department of Veterans Affairs is grossly understaffed and unable to maintain a reasonable response time to Disability claims submitted by Veterans. The average turn around from request, to award of benefits, is over two years, and because of the backlog, it is commonly understood that Veterans are managed on a "who will die first" priority. Secondly, in many cases once Veterans are awarded benefits, the VA will withhold benefits in order to recoup separation bonuses presented to Veterans as a severance during times of Military downsizing. More unsetteling is that they recoup the "gross" monies issued for the beneift, even though the Veteran paid taxes on the bonus. The Veteran must pay twice!
The US Department of Defense offered Bonuses when it became necessary to downsize the military, if a Veteran met all requirements they had the option to voulantarily seperate, at which point they would receive a seperation bonus. Veterans also understod that there were mandatory obligations that came along with the bonus such as reserve obligations, etc. Veterans were never informed that if they were disabled and were qualified to receive benefits that they would have to give monies back for services already completed. It is unfathonable that our government would require a Veteran who served honarably and is now disabled to pay their country back for monies earned, before they can receive assistance for their disability? When you look at the benefits issued as copared to the size of the separation award, some Veterans may wait five to seven years before they ever realize monies for their disability, and if that's not enough, many are required to payback monies that they were required to pay taxes on.
Does a country that gives monies to Auto Manufacturers, Banks, and other countries, really need to take from its disabled Veterans? Veterans serve there country honarably and without hesitation, our country should not withold benefits for those who have suffered, our Veterans should receive prompt service,care and not be held to standards that place an undue burden on those who have served.
The Department of Veterans Affairs needs to present timely support to Veterans and not withhold benefits for bonuses received for services completed.
At present the Average turn around from request for assistance to award of benefits is over two years. Veterans are managed on a "who will die first" priority. Secondly, once Veterans are awarded benefits, the VA can withhold them in order to recoup "Separation Bonuses", presented to Veterans as a severance during Military downsizing.
The Veteran who serves and is disabled, must pay their country back for monies earned before they can receive assistance for their disability, and this begins after waiting two years for a response. When you look at the benefits issued, the size of the Separation award, some Veterans may wait five to seven years before they ever realize monies for their disability.
The Department of Veterans Affairs should commit to servicing Veterans Claims within six months of submission and when awarded, benefits should not be limited or witheld as "repayment".
Support our Veterans now, they never witheld when they served!