At a hearing today before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, the Department of Veterans Affairs' Under Secretary for Benefits, Allison A. Hickey, outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) in reducing the backlog of Veterans' disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March -- attributing the success to the combined impact of VBA's transformation initiatives and increased employee productivity.
Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
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Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:04:10 +0000
Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Dr. Tommy Sowers, recently visited the Cheyenne VA Medical Center to discuss how Veterans in Wyoming can serve as a national model for accessing programs and services available to them through VA.
He stopped to talk to the local Cheyenne CBS affiliate, Channel 5, between meetings with VA leadership and local VSOs.
“We learned in the military that you have to get your boots on the ground to get a real clear understanding of what’s happening and what’s happening here in Cheyenne is just truly special. Their rural outreach is a model for VA’s across the country,” Sowers said in the interview.
While counties in Wyoming can tout a 60-70 percent VA health care enrollment rate among its Veteran population, Sowers would like to see those numbers increase. By expanding and perfecting the Wyoming-model of supplementing care for rural Veterans through tele-health and mobile Vet Centers he hopes to cut down on the amount of travel patients have to do across the country.
Find what VA is doing now to serve rural Veterans here.