VFW Testifies Before House on Gulf War Illness Claims Processing

National VFW - 7/17/2017

On Thursday, VFW National Veterans Service Deputy Director Michael Figlioli testified before a joint hearing of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittees on Oversight and Investigations, and Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs regarding VA’s processing of Gulf War Illness (GWI) claims. The hearing focused on the approval rates of veterans seeking compensation and the training required for medical examiners and claims processers. Last year, a similar hearing was held in which the VFW strongly advocated for VA to develop a single Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) for Gulf War Illness that would assist in empirically establishing service-connection. Despite this advocacy and suggestions by members of the committee, the VA’s Office of Disability Assistance has yet to report any progress regarding the development of a new DBQ, and veterans suffering from these chronic conditions continue to have their claims denied. Watch the hearing or read the testimony.