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Overtime, new computer system put sizable dent in VA benefits backlog

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The number of veterans facing delays for a year or longer has fallen to 34,000, and the average time veterans have been waiting has dropped by nearly four months. Continue reading

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Backlogs for veterans could spike under shutdown

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Veterans, who already face a lengthy backlog in getting help, risk not getting their disability and pension benefits at all next month if the federal government shutdown lasts several weeks. The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has enough money … Continue reading

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Editorial: Veterans have earned right to fair treatment

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Last week was a lousy week for those charged with supporting America’s veterans. First, a Washington, D.C., television station revealed that while veterans were waiting longer than ever to receive the wartime disability pay they have earned, the Department of … Continue reading

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Audit of Oklahoma veterans agency uncovers problems

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The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs lacks proper supervision and oversight of its seven facilities across the state, its workers are chronically underpaid and its governing board has done a poor job managing the agency, according to a state audit released Wednesday. Continue reading

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Fixing backlog of claims at Veterans Affairs is ‘taking too long,’ Utah veteran says

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When Ike Hall got out of the Army, he waited about nine months for the Department of Veterans Affairs to agree that he’d been permanently disabled in the Iraq war. It felt like forever – which is why Hall has joined a campaign to press the federal government to do better with the current backlog. Continue reading

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Veterans voice frustration over VA benefits backlog

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This report originally appeared on pbs.org. Watch PBS NewsHour’s interview with Sgt. Rachel McNeill and Staff Sgt. Zach McIlwain who are veterans of the Iraq War, as well as Capt. Aaron Thorson, who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. They … Continue reading

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‘I’m a monster’: Veterans ‘alone’ in their guilt

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Clinicians suspect some troops are suffering from what they call “moral injuries” — wounds from having done something, or failed to stop something, that violates their moral code. Continue reading

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Utah aims to better serve its veterans

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Veterans ignorant of — or bewildered by — an array of services offered by state agencies in Utah will have an easier go of it under proposed legislation. Continue reading

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VA grants fund telehealth, training to improve care for women veterans

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Using telehealth to care for rural women. Improving training in women’s health. Remodeling emergency rooms to provide more privacy. The VA is funding innovation across the country to improve care for women veterans. Continue reading

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Lt. Gov.: Number of homeless vets drops in Massachusetts

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Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray says new federal data shows a drop in homelessness among Massachusetts military veterans over a two-year period ending in January 2012. Continue reading

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