Sinema Introduces Legislation to Improve the VA Claims Process for Arizona Veterans


January 12, 2017
Contact: Macey Matthews
Phone: 202-225-9888

Sinema Introduces Legislation to Improve the VA Claims Process for Arizona Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), Congressman Ted Yoho (FL-03), Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13), and Congressman John Delaney (MD-06) introduced the Working to Integrate Networks Guaranteeing Member Access Now (WINGMAN) Act to help veterans and their families process their benefit claims in a more timely manner.

“Helping Arizona veterans access the benefits they’ve earned and deserve is our office’s top priority,” said Sinema. “The WINGMAN Act gives congressional staff the tools they need to cut through bureaucratic red tape and serve veterans and their families quickly and efficiently. Our heroes put everything on the line to serve our country, and I will not rest until every veteran has the care he or she deserves.”

“Our nation’s Veterans have answered the call to protect us and the freedoms we enjoy every day,” said Yoho. “It is only right that we do all we can to support and care for them. WINGMAN aims to do just that by expediting the claims process for all veterans who seek assistance. No service member should have to wait to receive benefits they have more than earned. I want to thank Rep. Sinema for her leadership on this important bill and her dedication to fighting for our nation’s veterans.”

Currently, congressional staff must contact regional offices, service offers, or claims agents to obtain a veteran’s claim file. The WINGMAN Act cuts out the VA middle-man and gives congressional staff direct access to the files they already have permission to posses.Since 2013, Congresswoman Sinema’s office has helped more than 1,700 veterans and their families navigate the VA and access benefits and care. Additionally, her office holds quarterly resource clinics to help veterans apply for VA benefits, check their VA claim status, and access resources and services provided by community partners.

If you or someone you know is in need of help, please contact Congresswoman Sinema’s Phoenix office at 602-956-2285.