A Christmas Gift for Veterans: Less VA Paperwork


Veteran (Photo credit: Keturah Stickann)

One less form – a little less red tape – the Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week it will no longer require veterans to complete an annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR).

Instead, the VA is shifting about 100 staff that handles EVRs to help process the backlog of  veterans’ compensation claims. It estimates by eliminating the EVR about 150,000 beneficiaries in January will be spared filling out the annual form.

Working with the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration, the VA will develop a new way to confirm continued benefits eligibility. In the past, veterans have been required to fill out an EVR each year so their pension benefits continued.

“By working together, we have cut red tape for Veterans and will help ensure these brave men and women get the benefits they have earned and deserve,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.

All beneficiaries currently receiving VA pension benefits will receive a letter from VA explaining the changes and providing instructions on how to continue to submit their unreimbursed medical expenses.

More information about VA pension benefits is available HERE.


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