Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 512, the WINGMAN Act:
“Our veterans deserve reliable access to resources and the best care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As an original cosponsor of the WINGMAN Act, I am proud to support legislation that will greatly help streamline the claims process between our constituents and the VA. When our country needed these brave men and women, they answered the call and did not look back. We must support them.”
The WINGMAN Act will create a more streamlined process for congressional staff to access files. Currently, certified congressional staff must work with a VA representative to gain access to the status of a pending claim, medical records, compensation and pension records, rating decisions, statement of the case, supplementary state of the case, notice of disagreement and Form-9 files. WINGMAN will remove the middle man and allow congressional staff to access files in a more efficient and expedient manner so that they can provide a higher level of constituent service.