According to Stars and Stripes, a joint announcement from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Secretary Leon Panetta and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki has set a 5-year goal for transitioning all military medical records to digital format.
By the year 2017, the departments hope to have a lifelong medical record system in place for all new soldiers and merge all existing records into a comprehensive digital system. The 2 departments have had many issues in the past with conflicting record systems that made transitioning from active servicemember to veteran quite difficult in the VA health care system.
When it comes to the inconvenience and frustration of multiple record systems, disabled veterans are among the most heavily impacted servicemembers. Many new veterans struggle to obtain their medical records from the DoD files when they seek a disability rating for their veterans’ disability benefits claims.
The combined online medical record system that has been in the works for the past few years seeks to eliminate the disconnect between the departments so veterans can seek the medical care they need through the full amount of their rightful veterans’ disability benefits.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.