Veterans benefits (41 - 50 of 74 items)
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Claims Processing Problems Persist and Major Performance Improvements May Be Difficult
GAO-05-749T: Published: May 26, 2005. Publicly Released: May 26, 2005.
The Chairman, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, asked GAO to testify on the current state of VA's disability claims process and factors that may impede VA's ability to improve performance. For years, the claims process has been the subject of concern and attention within VA and by the Congress and veterans service organizations. Many of their concerns have focused on long waits for deci...
Veterans' Employment and Training Service: Preliminary Observations on Changes to Veterans' Employment Programs
GAO-05-662T: Published: May 12, 2005. Publicly Released: May 12, 2005.
The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers two programs designed to assist the roughly 700,000 veterans who are unemployed in any given month. These two programs, the Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) and the Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) program, fund employment, training, and job placement services to veterans. In 2002, Cong...
Vocational Rehabilitation: VA Has Opportunities to Improve Services, but Faces Significant Challenges
GAO-05-572T: Published: Apr 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program has taken on heightened importance due, in large measure, to the number of servicemembers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with serious injuries and their need for vocational rehabilitation and employment assistance. This statement draws on over 20 years of GAO's reporting on VA's provision of vocational...
VA Health Care: More Outpatient Rehabilitation Services for Blind Veterans Could Better Meet Their Needs
GAO-04-996T: Published: Jul 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
In fiscal year 2003, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimated that about 157,000 veterans were legally blind, and about 44,000 of these veterans were enrolled in VA health care. The Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, House Veterans' Affairs Committee, and the Ranking Minority Member, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee expressed concerns about VA's rehabilitation services for blind ve...
VA Health Care: VA Needs to Improve Accuracy of Reported Wait Times for Blind Rehabilitation Services
GAO-04-949: Published: Jul 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides rehabilitation services to legally blind veterans. These services are intended to help them acquire the skills necessary to become more independent. Almost all of VA's rehabilitation services for legally blind veterans are provided at Blind Rehabilitation Centers (BRC), an inpatient program. VA reported that the average length of time a veteran wait...
VA Health Care: Further Efforts Needed to Improve Hepatitis C Testing for At-Risk Veterans
GAO-04-106: Published: Dec 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2003.
Hepatitis C is a chronic disease caused by a blood-borne virus that can lead to potentially fatal liverrelated conditions. In 2001, GAO reported that the VA missed opportunities to test about 50 percent of veterans identified as at risk for hepatitis C. GAO was asked to (1) review VA's fiscal year 2002 performance measurement results in testing veterans at risk for hepatitis C, (2) identify factor...
Veterans' Benefits: Claims Processing Timeliness Performance Measures Could Be Improved
GAO-03-282: Published: Dec 19, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 2002.
The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, asked GAO to assist the Committee in its oversight of the Veterans Benefits Administration's (VBA) efforts to improve compensation and pension claims processing. As part of this effort, GAO assessed (1) whether VBA's key timeliness measure clearly reflects its performance and (2) whether it has adequate data to measur...
Veterans' Benefits: Quality Assurance for Disability Claims and Appeals Processing Can Be Further Improved
GAO-02-806: Published: Aug 16, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2002.
For fiscal year 2002, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will pay $25 billion in cash disability benefits to 3.3 million disabled veterans and their families. Veterans who are dissatisfied with VA's 57 regional offices' decisions may file appeals with VA's Board of Veteran's Appeals. In about half of such appeals, the Board has either granted the benefits denied or returned the cases to regio...
Veterans' Benefits: Despite Recent Improvements, Meeting Claims Processing Goals Will Be Challenging
GAO-02-645T: Published: Apr 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will provide $25 billion in compensation and pension benefits in fiscal year 2002 to more than three million veterans, dependents and survivors. For years, the compensation and pension claims process has been subject to long long waits for decision and large claims backlogs. VA's goal for fiscal year 2003 is to complete accurate decisions on rating-related c...
Veterans' Employment and Training Service: Greater Flexibility and Accountability Needed to Better Serve Veterans
GAO-02-192T: Published: Oct 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2001.
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) program allow states to hire staff members to serve veterans exclusively. The two programs are mandatory partners in the new one-stop center system created in 1998 by the Workforce Investment Act, which requires that services provided by numerous employment and training p...