Claims Backlog Near 1 Mil as VA Continues ‘Delay & Deny’ Policy to Veterans Needing Critical Disability Benefits

Congressman Bob Filner says injured and sick veterans are being forced to wait a year or more for decisions on critical VA disability benefits. He says the situation is driving some veterans to suicide. Filner advocates new legislation allowing VA to quickly approve veterans’ applications for disability benefits much the same way IRS approves tax returns; granting all applications immediately and auditing a smaller percentage for accuracy. (Federal Times)

Why is the VA so Broken and How do we Fix it?

The Rachel Maddow Show, June 27, 2012

Congressman Bob Filner, Ranking member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about why the Department of Veterans Affairs does such a poor job fulfilling America’s promise to its veterans to cover their health care needs.

Watch Interview of Bob Filner on The Rachel Maddow Show

Read New York Times coverage of the disability claims backlog.

Read witness testimony and view House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on VA disability claims backlog.

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