Veterans disability compensation (11 - 20 of 78 items)
VA Philippines Office: Maintain Operations, but More Information Needed to Determine Future Presence
GAO-12-20R: Published: Oct 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2011.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a regional office in the Republic of the Philippines--the only one of its 57 regional offices that is located in a foreign country. Over the last two decades, Congress has periodically reauthorized the office for an average of 3 years each time. The Philippines was a U.S. territory prior to World War II and was granted independence in 1946. Congress...
Veterans Disability Benefits: Clearer Information for Veterans and Additional Performance Measures Could Improve Appeal Process
GAO-11-812: Published: Sep 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2011.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has struggled to provide timely reviews for veterans who appeal decisions on their disability compensation claims. A veteran appeals to the VA regional office that made the initial decision, and if still dissatisfied, to the Board of Veterans Appeals (Board). An appeal to the Board adds more than 2 years, on average, to the wait for a decision on the appeal...
Veterans Health Care: Monitoring Is Needed to Determine the Accuracy of Veteran Copayment Charges
GAO-11-795: Published: Aug 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2011.
In fiscal year 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) billed veterans millions of medical copayment charges totaling more than $1 billon. Witnesses at a 2009 Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, hearing raised concerns about inappropriate copayment charges, including some associated with veterans' service-connected conditions. A...
Military and Veterans Disability System: Worldwide Deployment of Integrated System Warrants Careful Monitoring
GAO-11-633T: Published: May 4, 2011. Publicly Released: May 4, 2011.
This testimony discusses the efforts by the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to integrate their disability evaluation systems. Wounded warriors unable to continue their military service must navigate DOD's and VA's disability evaluation systems to be assessed for eligibility for disability compensation from the two agencies. GAO and others have found problems with these syste...
Military and Veterans Disability System: Pilot Has Achieved Some Goals, but Further Planning and Monitoring Needed
GAO-11-69: Published: Dec 6, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2010.
Since 2007, the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have been testing a new disability evaluation system designed to integrate their separate processes and thereby expedite veterans' benefits for wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers. Having piloted the integrated disability evaluation system (IDES) at 27 military facilities, they are now planning for its expansion military-w...
Military and Veterans Disability System: Preliminary Observations on Evaluation and Planned Expansion of DOD/VA Pilot
GAO-11-191T: Published: Nov 18, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2010.
Since 2007, the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have been pilot testing a new disability evaluation system designed to integrate their separate processes and thereby expedite veterans' benefits for wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers. Having piloted the integrated disability evaluation system (IDES) at 27 military facilities, they are now planning for its expansion mili...
Veterans' Benefits: Training for Experienced Disability Claims Processors
GAO-10-1029T: Published: Sep 16, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2010.
GAO was asked to present its views on the training requirements and procedures for VA personnel responsible for processing compensation and pension claims. This statement is based primarily upon an April 2010 GAO report on VA's training for experienced disability claims processors (GAO-10-445) and includes information on actions VBA says it has taken in response to our recommendations. This statem...
Veterans Affairs: Opportunities Exist to Improve Potential Recipients' Awareness of the Temporary Residence Adaptation Grant
GAO-10-786: Published: Jul 15, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2010.
Adaptive housing assistance grants help eligible service members or veterans adapt or modify a residence to accommodate disabilities sustained through military service. The Veterans' Housing Opportunity and Benefits Improvement Act of 2006 authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand its existing adaptive housing assistance grants to include eligible individuals temporarily living...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Expanded Oversight Would Improve Training for Experienced Claims Processors
GAO-10-445: Published: Apr 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2010.
The Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-389) mandated that GAO evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs VA training for disability claims processors. This report answers the following two questions: (1) How appropriate is the training provided to experienced disability claims processors? (2) How adequate is the Veterans Benefits Administration's (VBA) monitoring and assessment...
VA's Fiduciary Program: VA Plans to Improve Program Compliance and Policies, but Sustained Management Attention is Needed
GAO-10-635T: Published: Apr 22, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2010.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays billions of dollars in compensation and pension benefits to disabled veterans and their dependents. For those beneficiaries who are unable to manage their own affairs, VA appoints a third party, called a fiduciary, to manage their VA funds. Congress, VA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) and GAO have noted that VA does not always have, or adhere to, ef...