Jul 14, 2014

Report cites VA struggles with benefits paid to veterans


The federal department responsible for caring for America’s veterans, already mired in scandal over delays in health care, continues struggling with another major responsibility: paying compensation to those wounded or injured or who grew ill from service in uniform.

While the VA managed last year to reduce a huge backlog in veteran claims for money, it was at the expense of appeals to those decision which are rapidly mounting, according to testimony slated for Monday by the VA Office of Inspector General.

The written testimony provided by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in advance of a congressional hearing outlines several sloppy or improper steps taken by the…

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