It was recently announced that the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be implementing an initiative to expedite benefit compensations claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer for things like medical, educational reimbursement, help with alcohol or substance abuse, even burial benefits.
There are currently over 850,000 veterans awaiting decisions on compensation claims, of which 600,000 have waiting in excess of 125 days, and over 245,000 have waited more than one year.
Congressman Sanford Bishop, Ranking Member on the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee of Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies has welcomed the news! Bishop says it’s downright shameful that over one-half of veterans awaiting claims have waited four months or more for their earned benefits. He’s hopeful that the VA can turn the situation around and eliminate the backlogged claims.
We agree. It is shameful that these men and women who have served our country, lost limbs, suffered mental stress, or may be enduring other devastating consequences of war have come home only to suffer more stresses due to a backlog of paper files, thousands of which are stacked on top of file cabinets. This initiative is a much-welcomed change for our veterans and their families.
Rep. Tom Graves–Obamacare
Our national leaders have long been accused of living differently than they make us live.
They have their own retirement system, one that’s not dependent on Social Security, and pays a lot better, too boot!
They also have their own healthcare system, that you have been paying for, going back generations.
Why shouldn’t they get MediCare, or ObamaCare?
Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia’s 14th District pointed this out recently.
You’ll recall that ObamaCare passed by the slimmest of margins on a straight party-line vote, and the people who made this happen have their own system that ensures that they will never have to live with it.
We say if it’s good enough for the American people, why isn’t it good enough for the politicians who stuck US with it?
Graves says that Americans are rightly outraged by this hypocrisy, and we agree.
If ObamaCare is good for the people, it’s good for ALL the people!
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.