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VA taps vets groups to help fast track claims By Leo Shane III Published: August 10, 2012 WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials hosted a workshop last week to brief 10 veterans service organizations on plans to fast track certain veterans benefits claims, and how they can help in the process. The move is part of larger efforts announced last month to separate “fully developed claims” from the rest of the growing pile of paperwork and to streamline the entire benefits process . Along with an express-lane system for claims already reviewed by VSO partners, the department is creating a team to sort complex compensation questions for issues like post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, prisoner of war status or homelessness. VA officials note that the fully developed claims take an average of 110 days to complete, compared to 254 days for the unassisted, tradi...

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