VA Issues New Spanish-Language Healthcare Benefit Application
In August, as part of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ effort to simplify and improve healthcare enrollment, the VA issued a new Spanish-language version of its application for health benefits. The new version of the application grew out of a recommendation from the VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to address the growing number of Hispanics in the veteran population.
The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics reports that as of September 30, 2017, the number of living veterans who identify as being Hispanic or Latino was nearly 1.5 million. More than half a million veterans already enrolled in the VA healthcare system identify as Hispanic or Latino.
According to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, “Our veteran population is made up of an increasingly diverse group of people. Our nation appreciates the service and sacrifice of all veterans, including Hispanic and Latino veterans. And it’s our duty to expand the ways we communicate with all veterans, so they’re properly informed about the benefits they’ve earned.”
At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, our VA benefits attorneys are determined to assist all veterans who encounter difficulties accessing the benefits they deserve. Our law firm has long offered Spanish language services for clients, and we applaud the VA for removing what for some could be a significant barrier to understanding their rights and obtaining proper care for service-related health issues.
The VA benefits attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban have more than 200 years of combined legal experience. To learn how we can help with an appeal of denied disability benefits, call 866-866-VETS or contact our office online.