Rep Taylor Supports Streamlined Appeals Process and COLA Increase for Vets
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Scott Taylor voiced his support for three veteran-related bills before the House floor, today. H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, would require that each director of a VA medical center must certify compliance with the scheduling directive, prohibit VA medical center leaders from receiving awards or bonuses if their facility fails to certify compliance, and require the VA ensure that directives and policies apply to each VA office or facility, uniformly. H.R. 2288, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, reforms the VA appeals process by giving veterans three options to proceed with their appeal. H.R. 1329, the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act, would increase the amounts paid to veterans for disability compensation and to survivors for dependency and indemnity compensation by the same cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that recipients of Social Security receive in 2018.
“As a fellow veteran, I understand many aspects of the VA are long overdue for a change,” said Congressman Taylor. “The scandal at the VA in Phoenix was a wake-up call to many of us that officials need to be held accountable – especially officials entrusted with caring for our veterans. The appeals process is slow and causes many veterans languish while they are stuck in the VA backlog waiting for a hearing. And if a veteran is able to obtain disability compensation or DIC, it does not always reflect the actual cost-of-living for veterans in America. A top-down reform of the VA will take time, but these bills are a good first step and provide immediate relief to veterans who are receiving care, waiting for a hearing, or a surviving spouse of a veteran.”