Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) supported passage of H.R. 512 – the WINGMAN Act – legislation she cosponsored to streamline the benefits claims process between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the constituent advocates processing those claims on behalf of veterans and their families.

“Our district is home to more veterans than any Congressional District in New York State, and I am proud to help pass this important, bipartisan legislation to ensure we get our heroes the benefits they deserve,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This legislation will help my office serve our brave veterans by expediting the VA claims process and help them get their earned benefits in a timely manner.”

The WINGMAN Act will eliminate the burdensome step of having to use the VA as a middle-man for certified congressional staff access to files they already have permission to possess.

Under WINGMAN, constituent advocates would be able to access the status of a pending claim, medical records, compensation and pension records, rating decisions, statements of cases, supplementary statements of cases, notices of disagreement, and Form-9 files within a reasonable amount of time, without having to go through a middle-man.