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Vets Refuse To Wait Any Longer, Sue The VA For Medical Records (Daily Caller)

The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to flat-out ignore requests for medical records.On Monday, seven veterans decided to put an end to the wait and filed suit against the VA for unreasonable delay in accessing their medical records. Their requests, initiated over 300 days ago, are still pending. One of the veterans has been waiting 800 days, Military.com reports. [more]

Released 4/21/15 | Tags:

Lawsuit demands VA turn over missing medical records (Military Times)

Seven disabled veterans who say they have waited hundreds of days to see their medical files are suing the Veterans Affairs Department over the delay, saying it already has potentially cost them thousands of dollars in payouts. The lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is the latest in a series of legal actions against VA leaders over how disability claims are handled. [more]

Released 4/20/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Lawsuit: Long delay in getting VA medical records could affect crucial benefits (Stars and Stripes)

Seven disabled veterans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming they have been waiting for their medical records for 10 months to more than two years, potentially delaying crucial benefits. The suit was filed Monday by the National Veterans Legal Services Program on behalf of the veterans, who come from across the country. Filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the suit asks that the VA produce the plaintiffs’ records within 20 days. [more]

Released 4/20/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

VA Sued for Delays in Providing Veterans With Health Records (Military.com)

A veterans' organization and a public advocacy group filed suit in federal court on Monday against the Veterans Affairs Department, claiming the agency has kept some veterans waiting longer than two years for records needed to apply for benefits. "Veterans who have been injured and disabled in combat should not be forced to wait months or years to receive their records from the VA so they can apply for disability benefits," Bart Stichman, co-founder and co-executive director of National Veterans Legal Services Program, said in a statement. [more]

Released 4/20/15 | Tags:

Interview: Ron Abrams, Joint Executive Director, NVLSP (Federal News Radio)

A number of veterans organization are suing the Veterans Affairs Department over a new rule regarding disability claims. The rule only went into effect a week ago, but the lawsuit claims it's eliminated most informal VA claims, and limits the types of claims VA can adjudicate. One change means that letters written into VA no longer count as claims; now everything has to be on a standardized form. Ron Abrams is a former VA staff member, and now the joint executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lawsuit and its ramifications. [more]

Released 4/13/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

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