This afternoon, VA announced that its fully-automated G.I. Bill claims processing system is now online and fully operational. Since the new program was delivered in July, VA has meticulously transferred data from VA's analog processing system into the new program with minimal errors, according to VA's Chief Information Officer Roger Baker.
The new system allows for automated data sets to help calculate each veterans' specific reimbursement rates, as opposed to the old system, which required an individual claims processor to enter each unique figure for every enrolled veteran.
VA Director of Education Services Keith Wilson said that throughout the month of August, VA could process a Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, or Chapter 33, benefit claim within 10 days of receipt as a result of the streamlined system. Wilson went on to say that VA's new system can accommodate for changes in compensation figures like housing allowances on the fly, meaning veterans will receive accurate living stipend payments once the Department of Defense publishes its annual rate changes in January.
To date, VA has already paid Chapter 33 benefits to 130,000 veterans enrolled for the fall, compared to last year's mark of only 12,000 claims at the same point. Wilson also said that VA has seen an overall 14 percent increase in enrollment across all chapters of the G.I. Bill for the new academic year.
Yesterday, VA also published its Chapter 33 reimbursement rates for the 2010-2011 academic year. The rates can be found on the VA Web site Here.
American Veteran will continue to follow VA's implementation of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and the new automated processing solution. We will also closely monitor the proposed Post-9/11 G.I. Bill legislation pending before Congress to make Chapter 33 more equitable. Check back regularly for updates.