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Well I think most recently what our organization has been focused on is the atrocious VA disability backlog situation.
And -- Tyler from our position -- a few weeks ago but just it remind folks how bad it is over 600000.
Veterans' disability claims are currently backlogged the Department of Veterans Affairs which means they've been waiting for more than a 125 days.
And if you're a -- coming home from Iraq or Afghanistan and you file first time claim.
In urban areas like New York.
Los Angeles Chicago Reno Nevada you're gonna -- 600 days on average.
For your claim to -- process we've seen this monster bureaucracy.
That's been caught flat footed.
And right now our veterans are stuck in limbo waiting for this bureaucracy literally process their paperwork.
Of claims in the year 2013 are still on paper.
It sounds amazing and it is amazing but unfortunately it's true and we and other veterans organizations are working hard to push Washington to fix this once -- Well we've got some answers from Washington.
Has the veterans administration of the followed with a man.
It's as if I think today that -- from nineteen every regional office will begin implementing an initiative to ensure that those who've been waiting a year more for their compensation claim receive a decision quickly.
Veterans administration has completed.
Point one million claims since 2009 and provided over 58 billion in benefits.
And disability compensation to four point three million veterans and answer drivers in 2012.
A -- that's about.
A 159 yards everything -- no prior history of veterans receive.
More direct compensation payments still more work -- I mean sounds like everything is Happy Land they were getting at all under control but if you're talking about people are waiting especially this -- -- veterans were waiting 600 days.
Mean that's so the point of incredible.
Well -- that's definitely a glass half fill.
They have processed a tremendous number of claims and they've put out.
A tremendous amount of money but they've still got a long way to go 900000.
Claims are right now pending.
And roughly a million veterans will get out in the next few years -- those numbers are expected to continue.
So I think you know there needs to be a grounding of the truth here in an understanding that they're really the real number that matters is how long in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
And and those many cities it's 600 days we routinely hear from my view members.
Who waiting a thousand days who waiting 12100 days and it's important to point out to -- it's not just Iraq and Afghanistan that many of these folks in Vietnam veterans gulf war veterans.
Who have now the presumption has been opened up for them it's particularly around Agent Orange which is a good thing.
But there are a lot of Vietnam veterans that are also waiting for this -- work so this is not putting a man on Mars.
This is not an incredibly complicated situation this is fixing a broken bureaucracy.
And the president of the United States needs to step up and show leadership and really get this problem fixed wants to -- it's also not just -- DOD is involved here other government agencies involved because there has to be cooperation.
Information sharing record sharing and that hasn't been happening in and this is the terrible result.
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