Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) released the following statement regarding the final Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General review of improper handling of veterans’ claims:

“I appreciate the OIG’s work to further investigate allegations of inappropriate shredding of veterans’ claims documents, which were originally raised with respect to the Los Angeles VARO,” said Congresswoman Brownley.  “I appreciate the VA’s swift action to implement the OIG’s additional recommendations to prevent improper document handling, so that every veteran’s claim is handled correctly and our veterans receive the benefits that they have earned and deserve.”

In July 2015, Representatives Brownley and Ruiz called for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee to hold a hearing about allegations of mishandling of veterans’ claims at the Veterans Benefits Administration Los Angeles Regional Office.  Press release from July 10, 2015 attached.

The final reports issued:

VAOIG Report – Review of Claims-Related Documents Pending Destruction at VA Regional Offices

VAOIG Report – Review of Alleged Shredding of Claims-Related Evidence at VARO Los Angeles, California.

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