August 29th, 2012

Disabled vets stuck in backlog limbo

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 California, veterans who file claims with any of the VA’s three regional offices – in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego – wait more than nine months on average for a decision.

Read the full story here. You can also explore our new interactive map to see how long veterans are waiting for benefits decisions nationwide.

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