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Volunteers Serve Veterans during Summer of Service Initiative

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Disability Help Group

When the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its Summer of Service initiative in May 2015, the goal was to gather 100,000 volunteers in communities across the United States to help serve our nation’s veterans. Just shortly before Patriot Day, the VA announced that they have exceeded their goal with approximately 300,000 volunteers across the nation giving back to our veterans.

The volunteers came from all walks of life. Because of the volunteers, Veterans Service Organizations, and other community groups, veterans had access to supplemental services and programs. New and expanded partnerships with organizations like NASCAR also helped the VA surpass its goal of reaching 15,000 veterans and military families – estimates place that number closer to 40,000.

Improvements were also made in the VA health care services with 61.5 million health care appointments completed between July 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015. The disability claims backlog, which had reached an alarming peak of 611,000 in March 2013, has been reduced to 93,674 as of September 7, 2015. The VA credits these improvements to staffing increases at its field offices and health care facilities, as well as reorganizing its customer service experience in the wake of allegations of negligence.

The Summer of Service Is Nearly Over, But Disability Help Group Serves Veterans Year-Round

The VA may be winding down its Summer of Service initiative, but it is still encouraging citizens to get involved in their local veterans organizations and service groups.

Disability Help Group provides veterans with guidance and support through the process of filing for and obtaining veterans disability benefits. The VA benefits process can be lengthy and frustrating for a disabled veteran. Let one of our representatives help you along the way. Contact us today at 1-(800)-800-3332 to talk with a disability advocate about your veterans disability claim.