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Topic - Allison A. Hickey
It was one of the simplest, most poignant promises Barack Obama made in 2008 in his first campaign for the White House: He would significantly reduce the government's lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. But the president's pledge not only remains unfulfilled, it has become a rallying cry for sick veterans, their widows and their advocates.
It was one of the simplest, most poignant promises Barack Obama made in 2008 in his first campaign for the White House: he would fulfill “a sacred trust with our veterans” by significantly reducing the government’s lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. The goal: all veterans could get a decision on disability claims within 125 days.
Dear Sgt. Shaft, I have a copy of my DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), but it does not have my service number on it.
"We're thrilled NASDVA is part of the effort to increase the number of veterans filing fully developed claims so that earned benefits can be delivered faster," Under Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey said. "State Veterans Affairs offices help many thousands of veterans across the country each year to get the benefits they deserve, and their support is critical in meeting our goal of processing all claims within 125 days in 2015."
"VA strongly encourages veterans to work with Veterans Service Organizations to file Fully Developed Claims and participate in this initiative, since it means more money in eligible veterans' pockets simply by providing VA the information it needs up front," said Allison A. Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits. "At the same time, it helps reduce the inventory of pending claims by speeding the process."