As disability claims pile up, anger at veterans affairs secretary grows

  • Article by: JAMES DAO , New York Times
  • Updated: May 18, 2013 - 10:19 PM

Paper claims are being replaced by a digital system, and the secretary promises the backlog will be gone by 2015.

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vampress_meMay. 19, 13 9:13 AM

“How many secretaries or presidents say, ‘I’m going to do something by a certain date?’ ” Sanders said. Well, how about this - Jan.22, 2009 "Barack Obama signs an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility within one year". Oops. Promises and dates mean nothing to this administration, and those who work in it...

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adliblogMay. 19, 1311:18 AM

The majority of disabled veterans claims since the Vietnam War can be attributed to wars started by a Republican administration. This administration's responsibility is to conclude these wars, avoid starting new ones, and to reform the existing system of caring for the military casualties of those wars. At least converting the paper files for these veterans' claims to e-files represents forward progress. It should have started long before the current administration. Had it done so this administration would also be concluding that project by now.

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jd55604May. 19, 13 5:05 PM

The reason for this backlog is the tremendous amount of mostly fraudulent VA disability claims flooding the system. These scammer ex vets know that politicians are too afraid to call any attention to the problem and will throw them whatever money they want so the number of claims is skyrocketing. There is no reason we should have 2.9 million disabled vets in the U.S. with an additional 600,000 waiting to be approved. WW2 didn't result in this many claims and I doubt that Iraq or Afghanistan were as bloody as that war. Most of these (not all) applicants simply don't want to work and are wrapping themselves in the flag in order to get a government check.

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