WINGMAN Act Will Speed Up Veterans’ Benefits Claims Process
Arlington, VA — CVA is urging members of Congress to pass the WINGMAN Act (H.R. 512) – a new bill that would allow certified congressional staffers to access the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) database for updates on veterans’ claims.
If passed, a veteran who submits a claim would then have the opportunity to give permission to an employee from their Congressional office to access their records in the VBA database (read-only) to monitor the VA’s progress.
Concerned Veterans for America Policy Director Dan Caldwell issued the following statement:
“Veterans currently face unacceptably long wait times for information on their disability benefits claims, and as it stands now, their elected officials are often hampered by bureaucracy when try to help them. By allowing congressional staffers to access records from VBA’s database, members of Congress can better address their constituents’ issues and get the claims process moving at a faster speed. CVA urges members of Congress to pass the WINGMAN Act immediately and bring accountability to the VBA.”