WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today it is cutting red tape for Veterans by eliminating the need for them to complete an annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR). VA will implement a new process for confirming eligibility for benefits, and staff that had been responsible for processing the old form will instead focus on eliminating the compensation claims backlog.
Historically, beneficiaries have been required to complete an EVR each year to ensure their pension benefits continued. Under the new initiative, VA will work with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify continued eligibility for pension benefits.
VA estimates it would have sent nearly 150,000 EVRs to beneficiaries in January 2013. Eliminating these annual reports reduces the burden on Veterans, their families, and survivors because they will not have to return these routine reports to VA each year in order to avoid suspension of benefits. It also allows VA to redirect more than 100 employees that usually process EVRs to work on eliminating the claims backlog.
All beneficiaries currently receiving VA pension benefits will receive a letter from VA explaining these changes and providing instructions on how to continue to submit their unreimbursed medical expenses.
More information about VA pension benefits is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension and other VA benefit programs on the joint Department of Defense—VA web portal eBenefits at www.ebenefits.va.gov.
Monday, December 31, 2012
According to a December 20. 2012 VA Press Release:
Sunday, December 9, 2012
- Case Management Attorney or Veterans Law Specialist
Minimum Qualifications: JD, preferred, licensed to practice in a jurisdiction which will qualify the attorney to be admitted to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims bar within six months of employment. For a non-attorney practitioner, eligibility to meet the Court’s rules to practice. Experience with Administrative Law or Veterans Law. Appellate litigation experience highly preferred. Veteran Preferred. Military personnel experience also an advantage. Deadline for application is December 31, 2012. More: http://www.vetsprobono.org/case-management-attorney-or-veterans-law-specialist/
- Paid Law Clerk to Interview Veterans
The intern will contact volunteer attorneys and clients who received a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in 2010 or 201 to collect information, prepare statistics reporting to the success rate of the cases, and other data that may prove useful to the Program. It is estimated that this project will require approximately 200 hours. More: http://www.vetsprobono.org/the-veterans-consortium-pro-bono-program-is-seeking-paid-law-clerk-to-interview-veterans/