November 21, 2012

An Update on Disabled Vets Stuck in Backlog Limbo

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The Bay Citizen has updated an interactive map that shows the number of veterans waiting for benefits at each of the Department of Veterans Affair’s 58 regional offices. The map adds a new level of data for comparison: month-to-month and year-over-year.

The Bay Citizen is a nonprofit news organization and part of the Center for Investigative Reporting. It has been reporting since summer 2012 on disabled troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the VA’s stack of disability benefit claims that lead to processing delays of six months or more.

The story is below. The map is behind the story.

Are you an Iowa veteran waiting to receive benefit claims at the Des Moines VA Regional Office? Let us know your experiences. Contact: lyle-muller@iowawatch.org

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