VA Cuts Red Tape for Veterans and Survivors
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) eliminated the requirement that beneficiaries provide an annual Eligibility Verification Report, as of January 1, 2013. Beneficiaries no longer need to obtain the annual reports from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA), which reduces the burden on veterans, their families and survivors. Under the new initiative, VA is working with the IRS and SSA to verify continued eligibility for pension benefits. The new initiative also allows VA to redirect more than 100 employees to work on eliminating the claims backlog.