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New IAVA Report Reveals Red Tape Facing Veterans in the Military and VA Health Care and Disability Systems
Date:2/5/2010

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Highlights of IAVA's newly released Red Tape report include:

  • Military Efforts Falling Short: Although the military has made efforts to address bureaucratic obstacles, the current process is still extremely problematic. Red tape within the disability evaluation system often leads to redundant tests, misdiagnoses and delayed treatment. The process also puts too much emphasis on cost cutting, causing veterans to be consistently underrated for their injuries.

  • Lack of a Seamless Transition from the DOD to VA: The report found that troops face significant challenges as they transition from the Department of Defense (DOD) to the VA. Challenges include: lost paperwork, a drop-off in the quality of care and a total lack of coordination between the two separate complicated and confusing systems.

  • An Outdated VA Disability System: Informed by research and first-hand accounts, the report details the VA's outdated paper-based disability system that emphasizes the quantity of claims processed over the quality of the processed claim.

  • A Drawn-Out Appeals Process: 17 percent of ratings decisions are inaccurate, forcing many veterans to go through the appeals process. The process requires long mandatory wait times and is slowed further by cumbersome extra steps. In order to present new evidence to aid their appeal, veterans are sometimes forced to restart the entire process.

  • Recommendations: Among the many recommendations in the report, IAVA calls for bold, urgent action that includes a modern VA claims processing system that digitizes records, holds processors accountable for the accuracy of their work and removes unneces
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SOURCE Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
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