Davis Bill to Help Improve Veterans Claims Process Passes House
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released this statement after his bill to improve the veterans’ claims process passed unanimously in the House today. Davis and U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) introduced the WINGMAN Act last year, which passed the House but was held up by Democrats in the Senate.
“As members of Congress, helping constituents with casework, or ensuring federal agencies are being responsive to the people we represent, is one of the most important parts of our job,” said Davis. “Unfortunately, not only has the VA been unresponsive to many of our constituents, they also have been one of the most difficult agencies to work with when we contact them on their behalf. This legislation will not solve the systemic problems plaguing the VA, which I hope will be addressed by the VA Secretary to-be, David Shulkin, but it will help us hold them accountable and get answers for the veterans we are honored to represent. I hope the Senate will take this bill up immediately so we can improve care for our veterans.”
The WINGMAN Act will grant certified congressional staff access to the files they already have permission to, but eliminates the burdensome step of having to use the VA as a middle-man to receive them. Advocates will 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.