VA Disability Claim Hearings Canceled Due to Government Shutdown
In response to the October 2013 government shutdown, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has suspended the activities of the Board of Veterans Appeals. This will result in thousands of pending claims to continue to linger in the queues as they await hearings.
No further cases will be presented to the board until the shutdown is concluded, and the board will not make any decisions or motions regarding pending appeals. Veterans who were scheduled for a hearing before the Board of Veterans Appeals will have to be rescheduled once the shutdown ends.
While the VA had been making progress clearing the veterans disability claims backlog by enhancing its processing methods and enforcing mandatory overtime, these advances did not apply to claims awaiting hearings for appeals. Currently, claim processing and disability payments will continue through late October or until appropriated funds have run out.
In the event the government shutdown lasts longer than the available funding, the VA will suspend processing of new and existing veterans disability claims. Payments for existing benefit recipients may also be suspended in the event the shutdown lasts beyond late October.
Disability Help Group will continue to work diligently to assist our clients in pursuing their claims as far as the suspensions and delays will allow us. We are keeping a close watch on the situation and will do everything in our power to keep our clients’ existing cases in processing and inform everyone of the latest impact the shutdown has on the VA disability programs.
Contact our offices with any questions or concerns about your benefits claim today – 1-(800)-800-3332.