Spanberger’s Office Returns More Than $36 Million in Federal Benefits to Virginians

Nov 27, 2023
Local Issues

Since the Start of 2019, the Congresswoman’s Office Has Returned More Than $36 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 $36 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 8,699 cases for Virginians and returned a total of $36,313,293

“I understand how important a Social Security check, IRS refund, or VA benefit can be to a family, and my team and I are committed to making sure that Virginians receive the care and benefits they are owed. Today, I am proud to share that our office has returned more than $36 million in backlogged federal benefits to residents of Virginia’s Seventh District,” said Spanberger. “To any resident of the Seventh District experiencing an issue with one of our federal agencies — like the IRS, Social Security Administration, or VA — please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.”

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

“I had been trying for 11 months to get my late husband’s SS back checks and lump sum death benefit. Two days after Abigail Spanberger and her staff contacted Social Security on my behalf, I finally received my benefits. Abigail made it happen. Thank you so much Abigail. It is so comforting to know that my Congresswoman is working hard for me. You and your staff are the best.” – Carolyn Sulima

“Working with your office impacted my case by getting me the much-needed answers and details from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs on my VA claim. I was unable to get any clear information which is why I finally decided to contact Congresswoman Spanberger. Your office also helped me get resolution with the local Army finance office to correct my final government debt and reimburse the erroneous amount collected from my final active-duty paycheck. This is the first time that I have gotten real results from my congressional representative!” – Alicia, Prince William 

“This was a great experience for me. I never had this kind of problem and really didn’t know what to do about it as every time I called IRS, I was told my return was being processed. I read in our local newspaper that Rep. Spanberger was able to assist many people with this same problem, so I went to her website and the rest is history. It was really very simple. I can’t say enough about the staff of Rep. Spanberger. They were the most helpful and kind personnel I have ever dealt with, and their timely response was just remarkable. I am so happy Rep. Spanberger is doing this service for so many people. We need more like Rep. Spanberger.  She gets things done. Again, thanks for your help.” — Shirley, Culpeper

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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