Department of Veterans Affairs Reduces Paperwork Burden for Veterans Receiving Benefits

According to an article at stripes.com, veterans received some good news recently when the VA decided to no longer require veterans to complete the annual Eligibility Verification Report.  This report had required veterans to annually complete a form and submit a set of supporting documents to ensure that they did not lose their benefits.  Instead, the VA will now use information from the IRS and Social Security Administration to confirm a veteran’s ongoing eligibility for benefits.

The VA also has indicated that this move will allow them to shift about 100 members of their staff to other areas.  This shift should help reduce the accumulated backlog of VA claims.  This would be good news for veterans since they would no longer encounter as much delay while they wait for a decision after applying for benefits.