“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.