Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Supports Required Improvement of VA Benefits Claims Approval System

March 2010

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) wholeheartedly supports efforts to improve the operation of the VA benefit claims approval system.

It is unconscionable that our veterans, who sustained injuries fighting for their country, have their claims rejected, often after long and agonizing waits for adjudication.

The JWV is outraged that recent data in a case before the Supreme Court, Astrue vs. Ratliff, show that in between 50% and 70% of the cases in which a veteran appeals the VA's claims decision, the VA's position has been shown to be not just wrong, but unjustified.

The JWV commends Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), who in a recent letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki urged the VA to "undertake a serious effort to improve the operation of its benefit claims approval system. Until this problem is tacked head on, thousands of veterans who were injured in service to their country will continue to face needless delays and red tape to receive the benefits we owe them and millions of taxpayer dollars will continue to be at risk."

Our veterans have put their lives on the line to defend the United States against those who would destroy us. We owe them the best that we can give back to them.


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