NEW MILESTONE: Spanberger’s Office Returns More Than $37 Million in Federal Benefits to Virginians

Jan 17, 2024
Local Issues

Since the Start of 2019, the Congresswoman’s Office Has Returned More Than $37 Million in Backlogged IRS Refunds, Social Security Checks, VA Benefits, & More

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger announced today that her office has now returned more than $37 million in federal casework funds to residents of Virginia’s Seventh District.

Casework dollars are secured and returned by fighting for fair treatment for those having issues with a federal agency, program, or benefit. Spanberger’s office assists Virginians with many casework concerns — including backlogged Social Security checks, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, Medicare benefits, and delayed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) refunds.

Since taking office on January 3, 2019, Spanberger’s office has closed more than 8,932 cases for Virginians and returned a total of $37,042,941.

“My office is dedicated to getting all Virginians the timely responses, fair treatment, and answers from our federal government that they deserve. Today, I am proud to share that our office has returned more than $37 million in backlogged federal benefits to residents of Virginia’s Seventh District,” said Spanberger. “This $37 million represents hard-earned dollars being put back into the pockets of Virginians — whether in the form of delayed tax refunds, VA benefits, or Social Security checks. If any of our neighbors are having trouble with a federal agency — like the IRS, Social Security Administration, or VA — I encourage them to contact my office.”

Below are recent success stories submitted by Seventh District residents who worked with Spanberger’s office:

“My son and his family were set to fly to the U.S. for Christmas. My son did not realize that his daughter’s passport had expired. Representative Spanberger’s office contacted the Embassy in the country where my son lives and got them to fast track a new passport. They only had to wait three hours once they got to the passport office for the new passport. While at the passport office, my son talked with a family who learned while trying to board a plane for the U.S. that they had passport issues. They were going to have to wait 6 weeks to get the new passport. Without the help of Representative Spanberger’s office, my son and his family would have missed Christmas in Virginia. While some people say that things in Washington don’t work, they obviously have not contacted Representative Spanberger’s office. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate the office a 12.” — Adair, Orange

“Reaching out to my representative’s office was the best thing I could have done. They were able to assist getting my account unsuspended due to an error threat the VA caused and letting me receive my benefits in a timely manner. Had Representative Spanberger not gotten involved I believe this would have taken months. Thank you again. I was very satisfied with the help of my representative’s office..— Eric, Stafford

“Representative Spanberger’s office staff were outstanding in providing easy to follow instructions in provision of background information to support a request to receive a much-delayed IRS income tax refund for 2022 which had been delayed for over nine months. The refund was received in about one month after I requested assistance through her office. This was the first time that I have ever contacted my congressperson and I was pleasantly surprised how easy and successful it was. Although this was a relatively minor matter, it was handled in an outstanding manner and was a very positive experience. Thank you for your excellent service!” — Norman, Spotsylvania

To open a casework concern with Spanberger’s office, constituents can click here to fill out a casework form. Click here to read additional casework testimonials from Seventh District residents.


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