I was leisurely strolling (trolling?) through VA.gov when I typed in BVA Decisions into the search bar. Here’s what I found out about it (vA’s BVA adjudications arm, that is) .
Four New Judges Will Speed Veterans’ Appeals
WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the addition of four new Veterans Law Judges to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA), which will enable the board to increase the number of cases being decided.
“Veterans have earned the right to prompt, exhaustive and professional review of their claims for benefits,” Secretary Shinseki said. “This expansion of BVA will enable Veterans to receive more expeditious decisions on their appeals.”
Above it was the date…
October 21, 2009.
I’m crushed. Four new judges three years ago and the BVA backlog is at 50 K? I’m at a loss for words. I was lied to. Things are worse for Vets of all walks of life, be they homeless, female, or broke (or all three). All in the name of trying to prevent fraudulent claims. Does the pejorative “control freak” come to mind? Intoxicated with power? When does someone step forward and inform the Emperor that he is naked?
“The BVA decision search is temporarily out of service for maintenance and will be available at a later date”
Will Eric get the decisions back online before or after the election?
After, but it will not beas great as we think because they will continue to part and parcel the information very slowly I think.