Please Tune-In at 8:15 p.m. Tonight as I Join the Scuttlebutt Radio Network on Talk 106.5 FM to Discuss Topics Important to Veterans
Tonight I will join Tom and Cal on the Scuttlebutt Radio Network to discuss developments in Veterans Benefits Administration. Specifically, we will be discussing the Supreme Court's denial to hear the case of Mathis v. Shulkin and the VA Reform bill pending in the Senate.
The case of Mathis v. Shulkin, although the Supreme Court refused to hear the case, still highlighted some important issues within the Veterans Benefits Administration. Specifically, Justices Sotomayor and Gorsuch acknowledge that the petition in this case "raises important questions about how the government carries out its obligations to our veterans." The issue addressed in Mathis concerns the VA's failure to provide a veteran with a copy of the credentials of their Compensation and Pension (C&P) examiners. In order to raise an objection to a C&P examiner's opinion, a veteran needs to know the medical examiner's credentials. However, in order to receive those credentials the VA essentially requires the veteran to raise an objection prior to their receipt of the examiner's credentials. This creates a "Catch-22" for a veteran in their mission to seek and obtain benefits to which they are rightfully entitled. Although the Supreme Court denied the petition to hear this case, this is an issue that will surely receive more discussion in the near future.
Additionally, we will discuss the VA Reform bill, more formally known as The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. The bill, which aims to completely overhaul the current appeals process for benefits claims, was passed by the House on May 22nd. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously approved the bill on May 22nd. Now the bill will move to the Senate floor for a vote. Among other things, the bill would restructure the Veterans Benefits Administration to allow veterans to choose from three different appeal "tracks." We will keep a close eye on this bill as it continues its journey to become law.
Tune-in to Talk 106.5 at 8:15 p.m. tonight for discussion on these developing topics affecting your benefits as a veteran.
If you have questions about these topics or any question related to VA benefits, please contact the experienced Veterans' disability attorneys at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. today for a free case evaluation. Gardberg & Kemmerly serves Veterans across the United States from their home office in Mobile, Alabama.