06 Apr '15, 4pm

Lawsuit would force quick decisions on vets' appeals

A Marine Corps veteran has sued the Veterans Affairs Department over what he says is a failure to rule on claims in a timely manner. (Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images) CONNECT 47 TWEET 2 LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE A Vietnam veteran long denied his own post-military benefits is suing the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the disability compensation appeals process, a move that could potentially affect thousands of cases stuck in administrative limbo. On Monday, Marine Corps veteran Conley Monk Jr. filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims asking for the department to "promptly" rule on appeals pending for more than one year when the case involves a veteran facing medical or financial hardship. Even as VA officials have made substantial progress in recent years on drawing down the backlog of first-time disability benefits cases, the growing backl...

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