FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Contact: Amanda Maddox, 202-224-7777
Kristen Hines, 202-228-2967
Isakson Statement on Government Accountability Office Report on VA Appeals Process
MARIETTA, Ga. – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today released the following statement on the report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) benefit compensation appeals process:
“We must continue to make it our top priority to address the unacceptable delays that veterans and their families face during the VA’s disability claims appeal process. This report provides a valuable assessment of the areas where progress is being made and where more work remains to be done. I appreciate the Government Accountability Office’s review of this important topic. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress, the VA and key stakeholders to determine the best path forward to improve the process and ensure that veterans do not continue to experience long delays when seeking benefits from the VA.”
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is chaired by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in the 115th Congress. Isakson is a veteran himself – having served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966-1972 – and has been a member of the Senate VA Committee since he joined the Senate in 2005. Isakson’s home state of Georgia is home to more than a dozen military installations representing each branch of the military as well as more than 750,000 veterans.