Veterans service officers help with VA benefits, claims

vet-benefitsWhen U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch wanted to learn more about issues veterans are facing in the VA system, he called on the people on the frontlines of veterans’ services.

The South Boston Democrat recently invited veterans service officers from across the state to meet with him to discuss local veterans’ needs and the VA health care scandal involving veterans’ hospitals in Arizona, Colorado and several other states.

“They hear things we might not…” the congressman said. “They’re like individual activists and lobbyists for our veterans.”
Veterans service officers are often the first point of contact for veterans seeking assistance from the government. The state offers a need-based financial and medical assistance program for qualifying veterans and their dependents. The federal VA system offers health care and other benefits and compensation.

“We’re the only state in the nation that requires every city and town to have a veterans service officer,” said Coleman Nee, the secretary of veterans services for Massachusetts. “In most other states, that is a county-based position. For most of those folks in the other states, they handle primarily VA claims, disability claims or VA pension claims.”


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2 Responses to "Veterans service officers help with VA benefits, claims"

  1. Raymond cyr  June 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Why should it take a service officer to get the VA to properly handle a claim, The main problem is a person at the VA with no medical background is interpreting a QTC doctors findings (Which is funny considering the QTC doctor is contracted to give a non-biased medical assessment) I mean why bother with the QTC doctors at all, If the doctor gives his medical opinion that should be that. This would speed the process up considerably.

  2. johnph  June 24, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    The ones I have are 2 old ladies that don’t care. I was in trying to talk to one of them and she just walked away. I really think the VA needs to be overhaul all the way not the same old bull of talk that we get from the government. The VA has failed us the veterans in so many ways. The VA has always been ungenerous, unfeeling and discussing. I hate the VA for so many reasons, but not letting me see a doctor that’s get me going. I hope I don’t have cancer. The doctor and his nurse should be fired but they won’t because we the Veterans are the problem not them. I really hate my doctor and nurse all of the time, I can’t sleep and that’s is a problem. New VA motto JUST DIE!
    I hate you!

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