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July 16, 2009

Congressman Filner, Pay All VA Disability Claims Now

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Harvard Professor Linda Bilmes has noted, that the VA ends up paying almost 90% of all filed VA disability claims and proposed that, given this, why not handle disability claims like “the way the Internal Revenue Service handles most tax refunds. The IRS pays refunds to most and just reviews a small percentage of the tax returns. Why can’t the VA do something similar?”

Here’s how we can stimulate the economy: Pay our military veterans the benefits we owe them – right now! We can treat VA benefits claims like IRS tax returns. Select a sampling, perhaps 10 percent to 25 percent, to be reviewed – and immediately pay the claims of the rest.

“That’s a great idea – let’s do it,” said House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner, D-Calif. “I endorse it completely.”

He said Vietnam War veterans are still being challenged for disability claims due to exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange – stop challenging and start paying.”

Full Article:
<a href= “http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/opinion/x571817937/Schram-What-to-do-about-vets-claims-Pay-them-now”>
Schram: What to do about vets’ claims? Pay them – now</a>

By Martin Schram/Syndicated columnist

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