Spanberger’s Office Returns More Than $17 Million in Federal Benefits to Seventh District Residents

Jun 01, 2022
Local Issues
Press

Dollars are Secured by Fighting for Backlogged Benefits and Advocating for Fair Treatment by the Federal Government on Behalf of Virginians

HENRICO, V.A. — Less than three weeks after reaching the major milestone of $16 million, U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today announced that her office has now surpassed $17 million in casework funds returned to constituents in Virginia’s Seventh District — including nearly $7 million since the beginning of 2022.

Casework dollars are secured and returned by fighting for backlogged benefits and advocating for fair treatment on behalf of constituents having issues with a federal agency, program, or benefit. Spanberger’s office has focused on typical casework concerns, like Social Security, Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, and Medicare, while also adapting to increased needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic — such as securing delayed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) refunds and supporting small businesses applying for emergency loans.

Since taking office on January 3, 2019, Spanberger’s office has closed 4,910 cases for Virginians and returned $17,387,063.

“I am proud to serve the people of Virginia’s Seventh District and advocate on their behalf for fair treatment by our federal government. As their advocate, I am dedicated to ensuring Virginians get the federal benefits and services they deserve,” said Spanberger. “The milestone of $17 million returned to our neighbors — represented in backlogged veterans benefits, Medicare appeals, and Social Security checks — could not be reached without the hard work of my dedicated team. My office is always ready to offer support. I encourage residents of the Seventh District to reach out to my office if they have any questions.”

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

“I had trouble having the Social Security Administration (SSA) refund me the Medicare IRMAA overpayment that I made in 2019. I reached out to Congresswoman Spanberger’s office to submit my case to SSA. Her office staff took action promptly and kept track of the status. The staff also kept me updated in a timely manner. SSA finally processed the request and made the refund.” – Cathy Chang

“The Representative let me know I had VA benefits during a townhall. Her office helped me contact the right people, and my VA claim was accepted and approved within a few weeks. Abigail Spanberger is the first Representative I felt was genuine, and is hearing me.” – Jay Luster

I can say without hesitation that Ms. Spanberger and her staff represented us in the way that we wish all of our elected representatives would do. I am so impressed with the actual results I received: not just form letters, but real action and communication leading to a real solution. Many thanks to Ms. Spanberger and Ms. Stewart for their tenacious commitment to serving the people of their district.” — Gary Pasquarell

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 constituents.

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