The bipartisan co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus want the Veterans Benefits Administration to answer for a recent report showing negligence.
A report released last week from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Inspector General found the VBA incorrectly processed 1,300 of 2,700 benefit claims related to sexual assault between April and September 2017.
The revelation comes despite the VBA announcement in 2011 that it updated guidance by saying it would take a “liberal approach” in examining claims.
“The number of veterans potentially impacted is staggering and unacceptable,” the letter said.
Turner, a Republican, and Tsongas, a Democrat who is retiring at the end of this term, requested written responses about how the department processes claims, how the VBA became aware the benefits were not properly processed, what oversight will be put in place and what the plan is for reviewing trauma claims that were denied after the 2011 change.
“We expect that your administration is working diligently to correct these problems to ensure that veterans and survivors of sexual assault are provided the benefits and resources they deserve,” the letter said.