VA backlog in providing benefits longer than publicly adknowledged

In August, the VA’s inspector general said the weight of paper files at the agency’s Winston-Salem, N.C., office had compromised the structural integrity of the building. (Credit: Office of the Inspector General/Department of Veterans Affairs)

The Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to disclose important information to Congress and to the public on the agency’s ability to quickly provide service-related benefits to returning veterans.

Internal VA documents, obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting and authenticated by the agency, reveal that delays are far longer than the agency has publicly acknowledged. This report from the Center for Investigative Reporting analyzes the documents and probes some of the reasons for the backlogs.

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  • Sue Frasier

    Veteran Activists have been saying this for YEARS now and neither the news media nor the oversight Committees would listen. It’s good that you are finally jumping on our bandwagon.

  • Jim S.

    Iraq War 10-Year Anniversary: 19 March – Done ‘In Our Names’!!
    After abandoning the main missions, and world help, for why we even sent the military into that region!!

    “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

    “If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American.” -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

    No Revenues = Still No Sacrifice = That’s Called ‘Support’ For The Troops = DeJa-Vu all over again!!
    Neither war nor especially the results of, decades to come added to previous decades and wars of, have been paid for as the abandoned, and now forgotten, continues as those sent want in a drawdown to accomplish at least a very small portion of those main missions sent to accomplish!!

    USN All Shore ’67-’71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country ’70-’71