Edward Thomas ROSE, Claimant-Appellant v. Peter O'ROURKE, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Respondent-Appellee
Leslie Punt, Claimant-Appellant v. Peter O'Rourke, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Respondent-Appellee
Taylor Daniels, Claimant-Appellant v. Peter O'Rourke, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Respondent-Appellee
Herbert Mitchell Miller, Claimant-Appellant v. Peter O'Rourke, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Respondent-Appellee
The four individual appellants in this consolidated appeal are veterans who have appealed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (“VA”) denial of their claims for service-connected disability benefits. Based on delays that have occurred in each of their cases, Appellants petitioned for writs of mandamus, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (“Veterans Court”) for relief. The Veterans Court denied the petitions.
For the reasons stated in our decision in Martin v. O'Rourke, No. 17-1747, we remand the appeals of Mr. Rose and Ms. Punt so that their mandamus petitions may be considered under the TRAC standard.
Regretfully, the parties have informed us that Mr. Miller passed away during the course of this appeal. ECF No. 77-1 at 2. As such, his appeal in this case is moot. With respect to Mr. Daniels, the VA granted his claim for benefits in December 2017. ECF No. 77-1 at 2. To the extent Mr. Daniels intends to file a Notice of Disagreement with that recent decision, he remains free to, in the future, file a mandamus petition based on delay, should the need arise. His currently pending appeal, however, is moot.
Accordingly, we vacate and remand the appeals of Mr. Rose and Ms. Punt for reconsideration under the TRAC standard, and we dismiss the appeals of Mr. Miller and Mr. Daniels as moot.
DISMISSED-IN-PART, VACATED-IN-PART, AND REMANDED
Costs to Appellants.
Prost, Chief Judge.