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ANY VETERAN’S BENEFITS OR QUESTIONS

Lee M. Rivas              giforumdc@gmai.com

                        

For additional information please call Lee Rivas, Lead Post Service Officer at VFW Post 76.   210-850-8221

 

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DD-214s are NOW Online

It’s official; DD-214s are NOW Online. Please pass on to other vets. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ or http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/   This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes.  NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.  Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site.  Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized.  The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time.  Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.

VFW Post Comrades…latest VA news, the “National Work Queue.”  Please read the important below announcement.  The new centralized VA National Work Queue will now process all the initial claims, fully developed claims as well as claims to make dependents a part of your compensation.  Appeals and hearings will continue to be processed by VA Regional Offices.
For additional information please call Lee Rivas, Lead Post Service Officer at VFW Post 76.   210-850-8221

On May 2026 the Department of Veterans Affairs will reduce the disability claims backlog to a new low – and the number of these claims (pending more than 125 days) have come down even further since. This reduction was possible due to our 56 regional offices having the ability to process disability claims electronically from start to finish – more than 99.8 percent of VA’s pending disability claims inventory are now fully electronic. This flexibility allows VA to better manage its capabilities to best serve all Veterans just as Veterans served our nation – without regard to their state affiliations.

By fully transitioning to a national workload approach, VA will be able to move claims electronically across regional office boundaries through the National Work Queue – an electronic workload management initiative designed to improve VBA’s overall production capacity.

Does that mean my disability claim won’t be processed by my local regional office?

Not necessarily. The regional office in the state where you reside will continue to be the first filter for determining where your claim will be assigned, provided that  office has the capacity to provide you with a timely decision. If not, your claim will be processed by the next available office that has the production capacity. You can still maintain the ability to check the status of your claim through your eBenefits account, as well as through VBA’s national call centers and regional office public contact representatives.

What about the support from Veterans service organizations or my local congressional representative?

Veterans service organization (VSO) representatives will retain access to claims information for the Veterans they support through the Veterans Benefits Management System at each regional office, and online through the Stakeholder Enterprise Portal. The current relationship between VSOs and VA employees (specifically claims processors) will not change as a result of the National Work Queue. Congressional staff will still have access to VBA regional office staff as they do today to check on the status of a constituent’s claim.

How about the quality of decisions?

With a national workload approach, VA will continue to focus on ensuring Veterans, their families and Survivors receive timely and accurate claim decisions – without regard to their state affiliations.