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VA disability backlog doubles under Obama
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Posted on 11/13/2012 9:20:06 AM PST by chessplayer

You won’t 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 government’s lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. The goal: All veterans could get a decision on disability claims within 125 days.

The results:

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. That’s 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.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barrycares; bho44; bhoveterans; disability; veterans; vets

1 posted on 11/13/2012 9:20:14 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

between this ,Libya, and not getting deployed troops ballots in on time, I can’t imagine why troops would vote for this clown.

2 posted on 11/13/2012 9:26:29 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: chessplayer

One of the big disabilities is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

3 posted on 11/13/2012 9:29:24 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of other people's money.)
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To: TurboZamboni

I can’t imagine why troops would vote for this clown....They didn’t. Their votes were just ‘disenfrenchfried’.

4 posted on 11/13/2012 9:39:19 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: chessplayer

But, but, Barry, Michelle and the Bidens LOVE the troops! I heard that on Oprah!

5 posted on 11/13/2012 9:42:07 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: jonrick46

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.

6 posted on 11/13/2012 9:50:44 AM PST by Parmenio
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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.

7 posted on 11/13/2012 9:53:22 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

My claim took two years. I had to use a distant relative in the VA to get it done.

8 posted on 11/13/2012 9:55:13 AM PST by bmwcyle (Women reelected Obama)
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To: Parmenio

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!

9 posted on 11/13/2012 11:54:31 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of other people's money.)
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