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Cagle Post: It’s Time For New Leadership At The VA

In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama promised his administration “will keep faith with our veterans [by] investing in world-class care, including mental health care, for our wounded warriors; supporting our military families; and giving our veterans the benefits, education, and job opportunities they have earned.”

But the reality for former members of the armed forces is often a multiple-year wait for claims to be filed through the Veterans Administration for health benefits and retirement pay. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who said in a recent interview that “[n]o veteran should have to wait for claims” and is himself a retired four-star general, created a 2000 percent backlog increase for applications for veterans’ benefits, with 900,000 unprocessed disability claims remaining today. By the VA’s own projections, that number will quickly surpass 1,000,000.

Read more at Cagle Post here.

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