The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has stated that by 2015, their goal is to eliminate the VA disability claims backlog and process all claims within 125 days with 98% accuracy. This is an admirable objective, and we hope they will achieve it, but for now the accuracy rate is well below that of their goal.
In 2012, the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) overturned 28.9% of the denials issued for compensation claims, and errors were found in another 46% of appealed claims. These claims were sent back to the original VA Regional Office for an additional review.1
If your VA disability or pension claim was denied, consider getting assistance from a VA Accredited Claims Agent, such as Alan Watt. Watt is a professional advocate who helps veterans successfully appeal their denied VA benefit claims.
According to Watt’s website, becoming a VA Accredited Claims Agent is not an easy process. Applicants are required to demonstrate a full knowledge of federal veterans’ laws, rules, and regulations. Continuing education is also required to maintain the accreditation.
1According to the Vet Claim Appeals website.