In 2016, Gulf-era veterans passed Vietnam-era veterans (and Korean/WWII) in the general population. Click the thumbnail below to see a big readable copy of the graphic below.
CAVC “wins” older veterans accomplish, pro se or with help, will eventually spare many younger veterans from the same misery dealing with the VA. All the traps set out to foil vets from the beginning of the claims process have to go. The fake C & P exams etc. have to go.
Like it or not, this bizarre institution won’t change unless veterans get involved in politics because Congress passes laws which the Secretary then revises according to whatever he can get away with.
Political actions such as Letters to the Editor are more able to persuade readers than online petitions, polls, or tweets–unless you are a Very Very Very Important Person. And some local Letters are published online and can be “shared.”
As the graphic shows, veterans and their families are more concentrated in some states; they have more political clout when they choose to exercise it. In the future, active military and veterans of color should become more influential. But everyone’s influence counts when used.
In the meantime, as the motto says, “Win or Die.”