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Bulletin major battle being waged here on the home front despite moves to speed up the process.
More than 736000.
Of our nation's heroes are still waiting for their -- and benefits.
And more than 440000.
Have been waiting longer than 125.
Days but now the California State government is stepping in with the federal government it's falling short in here to tell us more about it -- CEO of concern veterans for America.
He -- that welcome -- we were racing each other out there -- -- -- get down to business here I mean those numbers are staggering yeah but essentially California decided to do you want we'll.
Take it in their own hands the federal government literally is forcing these guys in Los Angeles awaiting a upwards of 600 days for their -- An answer on their first claim you're gonna -- -- -- six years in Los Angeles to get your appeals process six years for a better.
In Oakland it's almost as bad forty years you don't need to -- reprieve.
So that the state government is hiring some temporary workers to come alongside the federal government Department of Veterans Affairs to help them process claims because they literally cannot process -- fast not to bureaucracies are so far behind.
Stacked up and paperwork California veterans are -- It's happening is -- by the certainly an issue California I mean not final -- are broke they're saying three million dollars on as a worthy cause that how to get here in the first place all we got here because.
It's not about a lack of funding.
The end of the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs has gone up 40% since 2009 we've spent the dollars.
It's that you've got an unaccountable.
Classified bureaucracy that's unwilling to reform itself.
Literally we've heard about the failures that backlog some of the -- legionnaires' disease in Pittsburgh and it did bonuses -- being given out for folks that haven't been delivering.
And this is all happening.
Inside an apartment -- -- -- to get fired Elizabeth literally no one has been fired of the Department of Veterans Affairs for years even though all these metrics of headed in the wrong direction because you can't.
You can't fire federal worker.
As someone -- working so perhaps -- merit based industry would be better there which it claims the idea that they're trying to rush -- -- -- now just to get -- into the more complex -- get to me even more that's a good thing about this California initiative they're gonna start with the most difficult claims first and work backwards and right now been -- of the Department of Veterans Affairs -- is it really easy ones to make a -- look like it's going down we've seen it in -- that the big claims backlog has decreased.
But we've seen a big increase in appeals backlog because they're just pushing out the door and they're coming back in the other door as -- continue to wait so this is a numbers game -- bureaucracies trying to.
-- -- -- -- Erica see we're talking now -- -- is obamacare comes.
Front and everyone's brain right so we're talking big government medicine overlooking it all right but now you think states actually -- in doing a better job.
Veterans have been looking at government run health care for a long time you would he say about -- oh that's right veterans have seen obamacare.
It's called the department of veterans affairs and a lot of vets are satisfied with the care they get once they get in the hospital these regional hospitals many of them are fantastic.
It's the barriers to entry the -- times the forms do you bureaucracy.
That didn't lack of transparency in the no accountability so you send uniform as a veteran and you wait and you wait and you wait again and maybe you call 1800 line and you hope you get somebody you're -- put on hold for an hour.
It is it they're so many impediments to getting the care these guys have deserved and earned on the battle of course they -- -- what Americans might see when they face Obama Kate thank you.
For being here very much rate caused heavy I think -- yeah.
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