This was not “plucked from Air” but rather, from a Writ of Cert to SCOTUS. The Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) and Veterans United for Truth have petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) for a Writ of Certiorari on Sept. 22, 2012, according to the Veterans Law Library.
Is this maybe the reason your claim is taking so long? Here is how the VCS stated it:
“Veterans must wait 261 days and 573 days, respectively, for the VBA to complete these simple tasks, (Certifying the Veteran’s Appeal to the BVA) even though the VBA has acknowledged they take only 2.6 hours combined for someone to complete. The VBA does not know why some veterans must wait 1000 days or more for certification. ” (Citations omitted for brevity)
I think I can speculate “why” it takes the VA 1000 days for certification. Because they can!
Remember, there is significant financial incentive for the VA to delay your claim. First, as the Cert. explains, thousands of Veterans die waiting on the VA to make a decision, and, in most cases the Veterans family never collects the benefits that were due him.
Next, even if the Veteran survives the appeals, the VA gets an interest free loan from the Veteran, sometimes for decades as no interest is ever paid to the Veteran.
The Veteran must comply with multiple deadlines or “lose out” on his ability to appeal, while the VA can take an unlimited amount of time processing his appeal. Frankly, I think it is backwards. I think the VA’s processing time should be limited to a year or else the Veteran should receive the benefits requested by default.