Word from the VA Regional Office in Waco, Texas, is that they are putting on a "full-court" press on claims and appeals dating back to 2011. I suspect this is likely linked to the VA OIG Report Slamming the Waco Regional Office for its bottom-of-the-barrell claims processing times
What kinds of claims does this include?
- Veterans that filed a claim with the VA in/before 2011, and have not received a Ratings Decision.
- Veterans that filed a Notice of Disagreement with the Waco VA Regional Office in 2011 or earlier, and have not yet received a Statement of the Case.
- Veterans that filed a VA Form 9 in 2011 or earlier.
What kind of claims does this NOT appear to include.
- Veterans that filed an appeal on a Ratings Decision after 2011, even though their original claim was submitted in 2011 or earlier.
- Veterans who have received notice that the Waco VA Regional Office has certified their appeal to the BVA.
- Veterans whose claims are on remand from the BVA or the CAVC, with a remand date after 2011.
- Survivors' benefits claims (Survivor benefit claims are not at all a priority to the VA, and are not included in many of the backlog reduction initiatives).
I don't know how long it will take the Waco VA Regional Office to dig out of their current hole.
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