‘Decades old problem’ exacerbates benefits backlog for veterans

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    And some people want the Government to take over our Healthcare when they can't even handle Veterans?

     
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    Paperwork's always the problem...
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    In veterans’ long wait for benefits, paperwork often the problem
    June 7, 2013 WASHINGTON — Zach McIlwain has low testosterone levels, post-traumatic stress disorder, limited mobility in his left hand and debilitating migraines that sometimes last for days. The 27-year-old received his injuries during two combat tours in Iraq, and he applied for disability benefits while still overseas.
     
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    Veterans waiting for benefits assured things will change -- in 2 years...
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    Veterans waiting for benefits in Manchester assured things will change
    June 12. 2013 — The day is coming when injured veterans won’t have to wait longer than 125 days to find out whether they will receive veteran disability benefits, the Secretary for Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki told reporters Wednesday.
     
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    Dey gonna whip it back to zero...
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    Two senators create ‘working group’ to whip veterans claims backlog
    July 11, 2013 WASHINGTON — A pair of U.S. senators is hoping a new bipartisan working group focused on the veterans benefits backlog can speed solutions to the persistent problem.

     
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    Congress gonna make VA work like DOD...
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    Congress wants 4-year planning from VA, similar to DOD
    July 17, 2013 WASHINGTON — Lawmakers want to create a quadrennial veterans review, modeled after the Defense Department’s long-term planning document, in an effort to better project the needs and goals of veterans programs for years to come.
     
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    The squeeky wheel gets the grease...
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    Shinseki: Bold backlog goal drew fire, also dollars
    July 18, 2013 > In setting an ambitious goal three years ago to end the Department of Veterans Affairs’ disability claims backlog in 2015, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki exposed himself to criticism, including calls to resign as the backlog rose.
     
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    New tack on reducing the claims backlog...
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    VA offering retro benefits to encourage use of 'developed' claims
    August 2, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is rolling out cash incentives potentially worth tens of thousands of dollars to persuade veterans to use their new Fully Developed Claims process, in an effort to fight the claims backlog.
     
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    Do Right wingers still want them to get these benefits?

    We are broke, right? And they are government employees, right?

    Afterall, right wingers sneered at Detroit govt workers not getting their benefits.
     
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    Obama got some `splainin' to do...
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    Obama: Progress made on disability claims backlog
    10 Aug.`13 — President Barack Obama assured disabled veterans Saturday that his administration is making progress on reducing a backlog of disability claims and said the number of requests for assistance has fallen by nearly one-fifth since peaking at more than 600,000 just a few months ago.
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    Despite improvements at VA, problems remain
    August 10, 2013 WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama spoke Saturday at the Disabled American Veterans national convention in Orlando, he touted recent improvements his administration has made in addressing the long waits veterans face in seeking benefits for their service-related injuries.
     
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    VA startin' to make progress against claims backlog...
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    VA critics vow to keep up pressure as claims backlog falls
    August 19, 2013 WASHINGTON — Critics of the Department of Veterans Affairs will culminate a four-month petition drive Tuesday by demanding the president take immediate action to end the million-veteran disability claims backlog.
     

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