VA says it set record with more than 95,000 appeals decisions in 2019

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The Department of Veterans Affairs says it had a "record-breaking year" for appeals decisions. 

The VA Board of Veterans' Appeals says it handed down 95,089 decisions in Fiscal Year 2019, which ended Oct. 1. 

That's 5,000 more decisions than the VA's goal, it said in a news release, and about 11 percent more than last year -- the previous record high. 

The Board of Appeals is a part of the VA in Washington, D.C., which holds hearings and determines whether veterans are entitled to their claimed benefits and other services. 

“It was also a historic year for hearings held,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement. “The Board held a record 22,743 hearings in FY 2019, a 38-percent increase compared to the number of hearings held in FY 2018.”

VA said this increase comes in addition to the department modernizing the appeals process, including new leadership and changes to hearing schedules and testing virtual "tele-hearings." 

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