American Legion seeks change for VA claims process

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 01:38 PM.

Legion executive director Peter Gaytan last month said the Legion and VA are working to fix the claims process. The problem, he said, is VA regional offices’ inconsistent performance in adjudicating claims.

James Koutz, the Legion’s national commander, challenged the idea of prioritizing claims applications by war era.

“Not only does prioritization based on war era violate federal law, it (also) imposes value judgments on the wartime service of veterans,” he said. “Do we really want to make that kind of call? Is this something that would help to simplify the claims process?

“We need to honor the service of all veterans by giving them all fair and timely access to the benefits they are due under the law.”

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