Daytona Beach, FL (PRWEB) May 07, 2014
On March 18, Veterans' Attorney Matthew Hill of Hill and Ponton took part in a Senate roundtable to discuss the VA disability benefits appeals process. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been widely criticized for the backlog in veterans disability claims and appeals. Hill, speaking as a director of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), is concerned that fixes to the broken system may, in the end, not be beneficial to veterans.
The March 18 roundtable and ensuing discussions about the VA disability appeals process follow incessant news coverage of the significant backlog in veterans' disability claims and delivery of overall health care. According to Hill, many news agencies have reported a two year backlog, but the reality is worse. In his experience with filing VA disability appeals, Hill has found that officials are two to four years behind on decisions concerning disability appeals claims.
This week, after months of reports about U.S. veterans who have died while waiting for care at VA hospitals across the country, The American Legion and Concerned Veterans for America called for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.
Hill is a frequent participant in Washington, DC proceedings related to veterans' issues. Last year, at the invitation of The Committee on Veterans' Affairs U.S. House of Representatives
Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Hill submitted testimony to encourage a vote in favor of the Ruth Moore Act (a bill that changed some of the rules regarding mental health medical coverage for veterans who suffer from the effects of military sexual trauma). Hill's testimony for the April 16, 2013 hearing demonstrated that the Ruth Moore Act would be in the best interest of both veterans and the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). On June 4, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 671, the Ruth Moore Act.
About Hill and Ponton
Hill and Ponton was founded in 1986 in Orlando, Florida. The firm focuses on delivering the best client experience for every one of more than 25,000 clients. Consequently, over 80% of the firm's new clients come from client referrals.
The Hill and Ponton firm began by representing clients throughout the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area. Since taking on veterans' cases, Hill and Ponton now represents clients nationwide. Investment in technology and process management allow the firm to handle clients nationwide through the internet. Additionally, Hill and Ponton attends hearings from coast to coast.
Hill and Ponton is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. For more information, call 386-257-2100 or visit hillandponton.com