Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Map shows Waco tops list of VA claims backlog

Disability claim dragging on a long time?
Disabled troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan face an unexpected battle: the Department of Veterans Affairs' growing stack of disability benefit claims, leading to processing delays of six months or more. In the worst cases, some VA offices - like Los Angeles' - are so far behind that even if no new claims were filed, it could take almost three years for the backlog to be cleared. 
VA officials attributed the problem to a flood of wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans coupled with aging Vietnam veterans filing new claims, inundating the system just as the VA is working to improve it. In the fallout, many returning vets find themselves blocked from the services and compensation they need. 

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