Yoho Introduces WINGMAN to Expedite Veterans Claims Process
Washington D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) re-introduced his pro- veteran bill WINGMAN, with the support of over 150 Members of Congress. This bill streamlines the benefits claims process between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the constituent advocates processing those claims on behalf of veterans and their families.
WINGMAN will grant certified congressional staff access to files - they already have permission to possess - but eliminates the burdensome step of having to use the VA as a middle-man to receive them. Under WINGMAN, constituent advocates would be able to access the status of a pending claim, medical records, comp and pen records, rating decisions, statement of the case, supplementary statement of the case, notice of disagreement, and Form-9 files within a reasonable amount of time, without having to go through a middle-man.
Congressman Yoho released the following statement:
“The interaction between congressional offices and the VA, on behalf of our nation’s veterans, should be seamless. Our veterans have answered the call to protect us and the freedoms we enjoy every day. It is only right that we do all we can to support and care for them in a timely manner. WINGMAN aims to do just that by expediting the claims process for all veterans who seek assistance and answers to their pending claims.
“It is unacceptable that extended periods of time pass by before congressional offices are able to receive the files they’ve requested from the VA to help veterans. No service member should have to wait to receive benefits they have more than earned. Our veterans and their families who have served in the defense of our country deserve a timely turnaround when filing their benefits claims.
“I am hopeful that Members of the 115th Congress will prioritize reforming the veteran claims process and pass this commonsense bill. I want to thank Representatives, Davis, Delaney, and Sinema, for their leadership on this important bill and their dedication to fighting for our nation’s veterans. It is a privilege to have their support and I thank them for helping to lead the charge to enact this change that is so desperately needed to better assist veterans and their families.”