House Passes WINGMAN to Benefit All Veterans
Washington D.C. – With the support of 175 Members of Congress, the House passed Congressman Ted S. Yoho’s (R-FL-03) bipartisan bill aimed at helping veterans through the claims process with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The WINGMAN Act (HR 512) passed by voice vote.
WINGMAN streamlines the benefits claims process between the VA and the congressional staff processing those claims on behalf of veterans and their families. Congressional staff will be given read-only access to review 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.
Congressman Yoho released the following statement:
“I am pleased the House has moved swiftly in passing this bipartisan bill that helps our nation’s veterans. I want to thank the committee staff for their diligence and help on this piece of legislation, as well as the co-leads of this bill – Representatives Rodney Davis, Kyrsten Sinema, and John Delaney.
“The interaction between congressional offices and the VA, on behalf of our veterans, should be seamless. 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.
"As a country, we can and must do better by our veterans and their families. WINGMAN will not get rid of the claims backlog or solve all of the problems. What it will do, however, is make the process of helping our veterans easier. 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."