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House Passes Runyan Legislation to Address Veterans Claims Backlog

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Location: Washington, DC

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed several bills to address veterans benefits and services, among the bills that passed was legislation, H.R. 2349, the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2011, sponsored by Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ). The initiative was supported in the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

"I am proud that this important piece of legislation passed the House of Representatives with bi-partisan support," stated Rep. Runyan. "This legislation should help ease the process that our veterans face when they deal with the benefit and claims process. Our veterans have sacrificed so much and any way that we can make their interaction with the VA easier should be a top priority of Congress."

The main focus of the Veterans' Benefit Bill of 2011 is to create a pilot program that would train employees and managers who process veterans' claims and pension benefits. The pilot program will hopefully show how continuing education can help increase the efficiency and quality of the claims process, so that veterans can receive their benefits in a timely manner.

"Now it is time for the Senate to act and take up this vital piece of legislation," said Congressman Runyan. "The current backlog of claims in the Department of Veterans' Affairs is a disgrace. The backlog is forcing our veterans to deal with too much bureaucratic red-tape to obtain the benefits they earned with their service to our country


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