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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:05 PM

Boehner says US veterans' claims system is broken

CINCINNATI U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said the system for handling veterans' disability claims is broken and he wants the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain what is being done to fix it.

Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, said in a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki this week that the benefit delivery system for veterans has not shown any noticeable improvement in the four years Shinseki has headed the department and the backlog of compensation claims "remains alarmingly high."

The VA was preparing a formal response to Boehner's letter, a VA spokesman said Friday. The VA has said it completed a "record-breaking" 1 million claims per year the past three years.

But the speaker wrote in his letter that the backload remains high, especially in Ohio, despite the announcement at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Regional Office last summer of a new organizational model to help reduce the backlog by 2015. The Cleveland office, which handles claims from around the state, is now processing claims in an average of 334 days compared with the national average of 272 days and the VA's own goal of 125 days, Boehner said.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/02/22/2462291/boehner-says-veterans-claims-system.html


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Is Boehner hinting that the VA disability system is politically oriented ....???

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MindMover Feb 2013 OP
unhappycamper Feb 2013 #1
Victor_c3 Feb 2013 #2
WooWooWoo Feb 2013 #3
MindMover Feb 2013 #4
WooWooWoo Feb 2013 #5
MindMover Feb 2013 #6

Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 06:10 AM

1. Boner is correct.

The VA is falling way behind on most things.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:41 PM

2. I wonder how the sequester is going to fit into all of this

The DOD is talking about a 22 day furlough for their employees. I wonder what the VA has planned and how that will further impact this.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 09:45 AM

3. i know my claim has moved to the right last time I checked it

originally it was estimated to be completed by September, now it says December - at the earliest.

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Response to WooWooWoo (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:30 AM

4. May I ask when you started your claim ..?

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Response to MindMover (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 11:09 PM

5. I filed a BBD claim back in December, but..

my official clock doesn't start until next week.

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Response to WooWooWoo (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:49 AM

6. I wish you luck in getting anything done before the end of the year ...

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