Texas Veterans Commission hosts "Beating the VA Backlog" events in Arlington & Austin

On Saturday, January 26, the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) is hosting a “Beating the VA Backlog” event in Arlington in order to provide direct, one-on-one assistance to Texas Veterans with disability claims currently pending with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This event will take place at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel, 1500 Convention Center Drive, on January 26, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

"Our Veterans sacrifice everything in service to their country, and they deserve more than long lines and bureaucratic red tape when it comes to receiving their benefits," said Gov. Rick Perry. "While the federal government drags its feet, Texas will act. I am proud to have worked with Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and Speaker Straus to ensure that Texas, through the State Strike Force Teams, works to get our Veterans the timely assistance they deserve.”

Members from the TVC State Strike Force Teams, as well as TVC Claims Counselors, will be on hand to provide direct and specific assistance to Veterans, family members, and survivors, including:

· Checking the status of pending claims

· Identifying all additional development required for claims processing

· Collecting evidence for cases identified as missing documentation

"Our fine Veterans did not wait when asked to serve our country, and they shouldn't be asked to wait for their country to return the favor,” said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. “I commend the Texas Veterans Commission and the 'State Strike Force Team' for taking swift action to help our Veterans with their claims and ultimately helping reduce the federal backlog."

“Since the TVC State Strike Force Teams were authorized by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House in July, we have already helped more than 10,400 Veterans whose claims were stuck in the VA backlog and provided over 2,900 cases to the VA for action,” said Thomas Palladino, TVC Executive Director. “This ‘Beating the VA Backlog’ event is one of several events that the TVC is holding around the state as we try to help Texas Veterans get the benefits they deserve.”

With the backlog of VA disability claims in Texas consisting of over 64,000 pending claims, Veterans everywhere are experiencing extensive delays in receiving the benefits that are owed to them for service to their country. Two State Strike Force Teams consisting of eight claims counselors each are located at the two VA Regional Offices in Houston and Waco. These teams take claims that are backlogged and ensure that the claims have all information and evidence necessary for the VA to immediately process the claim. Additionally, TVC Fully Developed Claims Teams are located at the VA Regional Offices and in TVC offices throughout the state in order to improve access and assist Veterans in filing fully developed claims, which are processed faster by the VA.

In addition to the event in Arlington, the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) is also hosting a “Beating the VA Backlog” event in Austin. This event will take place at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

These events are open to all Veterans, their families, and survivors, and all services are free of charge. Preregistering will give staff an opportunity to research your claim prior to the events and provide you with the ability to select an appointment time. Walk-ins are allowed on a first-come, first-served basis as time allows. For details regarding these events, contact information and registration, please visit http://www.tvc.texas.gov/tvc/Beating-the-VA-Backlog.aspx.

Beating the VA Backlog

Saturday, January 26

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sheraton Arlington Hotel (map)

1500 Convention Center Drive

Arlington, Texas 76011


Beating the VA Backlog

Wednesday, February 13

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Palmer Events Center (map)

900 Barton Springs

Austin, Texas 78704