19,500 Vets die waiting on VA benefits…By the numbers.

“Delay, Deny, Wait till the Veteran dies” is not just a VA slogan any more.    The number of Veterans who die waiting on VA to process their benefit application has tripled, according to this San Francisco Chronicle article.   It has risen in the past 3 years from 6400 Vets to a whopping 19,500 Veterans who perish in the million man backlog of VA benefits.

Worse, the number is actually higher, according to Bergman and Moore, a law firm which represents Veterans fighting the VA for benefits.

Isn’t it time Congress actually acted, and forced the VA to do what they should have been doing all along, and actually keep Abe Lincoln’s promise to Veterans?

This means that 53 Veterans die EVERY DAY waiting on the VA to processes his benefit claim.

It takes 262 days for the VA to process a Vets claim, according to NBC NEWS.  

In that 262 days,  more than 13,000 MORE Vets will die before their claim is processed by the VA.

You are more likely to die waiting on VA to process your benefit claim, then you are to die in the war in Iraq or Afghanastan.    Just compare the numbers.  It isn’t even close.

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2 Responses to 19,500 Vets die waiting on VA benefits…By the numbers.

  1. Dave says:

    Our government is broke and the DVA is an antiquated, poorly run corrupt agency. It will take action not rhetoric to fix this agency. Deceit and lies are what our Congress and Presidents have allowed to take place in this department. We need to let Congress take up arms and show us how to fight on the battlefield. I vote that all our leaders who vote for war need to stand up and have their sons and daughters and families put on the front lines and let them contend with the defunct department of veterans affairs.

  2. Kiedove says:

    One way to streamline the process is to pass a law acknowledging that HCV is a presumptive SC illness.
    Some leadership from our Commander in Chief would help. Pres. Obama signed employee pay increase for all federal employees in 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/28/obama-pay-raise-congress_n_2377714.html
    And they have the best, cheapest health care benefits possible.

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