Skip to comments.VA disability backlog doubles under Obama
Posted on 11/13/2012 9:20:06 AM PST by chessplayer
You wont be surprised to learn this is a violation of a promise:
It was one of the simplest, most poignant promises Barack Obama made in 2008 in his first campaign for the White House: He would fulfill a sacred trust with our veterans by significantly reducing the governments lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. The goal: All veterans could get a decision on disability claims within 125 days.
Records obtained by the Washington Guardian show that as of Nov. 5, the day before Mr. Obama won re-election, 558,230 of the 820,106 veterans seeking disability coverage had their claims pending for more than the 125-day target. Thats 68.1 percent, or nearly double the 36 percent rate in the summer of 2010.
And there are tens of thousands more cases pending in various forms of appeal, where decisions can take months or years to resolve. For instance, the average time it takes to resolve a case before the Veterans Appeals Board is 883 days, or almost 2½ years.
The error rate is also up. Why? A combination of issues an influx of claims from Iraq and Afghanistan vets, an increase in illnesses covered by VA disability, and a workforce unprepared to deal with them.
between this ,Libya, and not getting deployed troops ballots in on time, I can’t imagine why troops would vote for this clown.
One of the big disabilities is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I cant imagine why troops would vote for this clown....They didn’t. Their votes were just ‘disenfrenchfried’.
But, but, Barry, Michelle and the Bidens LOVE the troops! I heard that on Oprah!
You’re right. There’s now a “PTSD presumption”, meaning that any veteran who was ever near a combat zone can claim he has PTSD, making it difficult for the government to dispute it. You can also combine multiple partial disabilities in order to obtain full disability benefits, even if you can still work. Veterans benefits is turning into the latest racket for the trial lawyers.
I had a pretty simple claim for an arm I broke (badly) on duty with lots of documentation in my medical record. I even had a letter from the main aviation medical center in P’cola stating that my injury was permanent. It took 710 days to complete my claim. The VA rep told me the current average is over 250 days.
My claim took two years. I had to use a distant relative in the VA to get it done.
I wonder if I could file a case for my problem. I have what I call Post Election Trama Syndrome (PETS). PTSD has no claim on my problem. I think I could file a $30 million claim against the Federal Government. I mean, this is serious and I can hardly keep focus on such tasks as walking, chewing (I bite my tongue), and driving a car.
I bet the tial lawyers will eat up my PETS scam like bread and butter.
Now where is my medical marijuana prescription?
P.S. You make a great point!