Legion to Hold VA Claims Fair in DC

February 19, 2013 | Terry Howell

Source: The American Legion 

On Feb. 21, The American Legion will host its first Veterans Benefits Claims Fair at the Washington Hilton Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., where Legion accredited service officers will provide free assistance in filling out paperwork and answering questions about benefits eligibility. Download the Veterans Benefits Claims Fair flyer here.

Veterans should bring documents to support their claim, including their DD Form 214, dependent information, service and private medical records, and direct-deposit banking information.

“We’re inviting veterans from Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas, to come in and have an opportunity to work with our department service officers so we can put together fully developed claims and submit them to the VA,” said Lori Perkio, assistant director of the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation (VA&R) Division. “If we submit fully developed claims that thoroughly document health conditions, then VA doesn’t have to go out and gather that information, which could cut down on the claims processing time by up to 120 days.”

In 2012, VA created an “express lane” for fully developed claims to be fast-tracked for completion.

“If veterans show up and they don’t have all their information, we’ll still put in the initial paperwork with VA to get the ball rolling,” Perkio said. “But at the same time, they’ll be talking to our service officers so they’ll know what documents they need to move their claim along.”

Veterans with honorable or general discharges are eligible for VA benefits. Those with dishonorable, undesirable or bad conduct discharges may consult with a Legion service officer about applying for discharge reviews and possible upgrades. VA representatives will also be on hand at the claims fair to assist veterans.

About Terry Howell

Before becoming the Managing Editor for Military.com, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.

Comments

  1. Lt Col Paul Quigley says:

    Great respect to the American Legion and all their support to the Veterans. Paul

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