According to the Petition, a veteran whose disability benefits are denied by the VA waits, on average, 1448 days for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals to rule on the veteran’s appeal. In the meantime, 20 veterans commit suicide in the United States every day. Thousands of veterans die before their appeals are decided. One of the petitioners, Betty Scyphers, is the 76-year-old widow of an Air Force veteran who died before his appeal could be heard. The VA thus avoided making any payments to Mr. Scyphers and has refused to advance Ms. Scyphers’s appeal in light of her advanced age and failing health. If she dies before the appeal is decided, her appeal will die too, without any payments ever being made.
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