Skip to comments.VA highlights Calif. productivity gains, but more veterans wait for benefits
Posted on 03/22/2013 3:35:20 PM PDT by Rusty0604
Nationally, about 900,000 veterans are waiting to learn if they will receive compensation for conditions as serious as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Internal VA documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveal that veterans filing their first claim, including those returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, wait more than 600 days for a decision from the Los Angeles and Oakland offices. The internal documents show that despite the VAs public tallies of thousands of new claims processors hired under President Barack Obama, staff at the VAs 58 regional offices has increased by 289 since September 2010. VA internal documents obtained by CIR also show a decline in worker productivity nationally over the past four years to 281 claims per worker per year, or fewer than one claim per workday.
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