Tuesday, March 9, 2010

VA to automate its Agent Orange claims process

U.S. Air Force planes spray the defoliant chemical Agent Orange over dense vegetation in South Vietnam.

This is BIG NEWS for veterans. An alert reader sent me this story: VA to automate its Agent Orange claims process

“The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that it will fully automate how it pays claims for illnesses related to exposure to the chemical Agent Orange to keep an overburdened system from collapse.

It is the department's first effort at automating claims processing in its 80-year history, says VA chief technology officer Peter Levin. It comes as the agency struggles to cut a backlog of more than 1 million disability claims, appeals and other cases.”

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