Veterans can share their VA experiences with this
A veterans group on Wednesday
launched a new survey to gather information about veterans’ experiences
with the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of
America which developed the survey, including extensive wait times at the
agency’s medical centers and a longstanding backlog of disability
Last year, the group published
interactive graphics that detailed experiences with the
claims backlog, using input from well over 200 respondents. The online
tool showed how long the former troops had waited for determinations, as
well as the types of claims they filed and details about the
individuals, including their names, conditions and deployments.
The VA is in the process of
correcting problems related to a record-keeping scandal that involved
falsification of scheduling records to hide treatment delays. The issue
led to the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, as well as
the removal of other VA leaders and a campaign to book appointments for
all of the patients affected by the agency’s inappropriate actions.
Last week, Congress approved
legislation to provide the VA with about $16 billion to help veterans
find care through non-VA providers if they wait more than 30 days for an
appointment or live more than 40 miles from one of the agency’s medical
centers. The measure also allows the VA to lease extra space and hire
more medical staff, among other provisions.
As for the claims backlog, the agency has reduced the number of
longstanding claims by 55 percent, according to
the latest numbers.
To take the survey, go to
Washington Post, Josh Hicks Aug 6, 2014]