California helps with VA claims through new advocate: the State of California is moving to help the federal government cut the backlog of veterans’ disability claims with a new advocate creating a 36-member state strike force to help the VA process claims. The state budget allocated $3 million to the California Department of Veterans Affairs to stand up 12-member teams at the federal VA regional offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego. The Los Angeles office now has the worst record for processing claims, averaging 629 days. The Oakland office is not far behind, at 592 days. The San Diego office is taking an average of 345 days.
Nationwide, the average time required for the VA to process claims is 338 days, according to the department’s July 8 workload report.
Help with Your California VA Disability Compensation Claim
While veterans can feel hamstrung by VA disability claim processing times, a veterans disability advocate can help in a few ways — especially by helping to ensure that, if you need to appeal, everything is filed correctly and on time. Application errors or missing evidence only slow the process more. The advocates of Veterans Help Group help veterans in California and across the country get their best chance of full compensation for service-related disabilities. Contact us or complete our free veterans’ disability case evaluation form online!