"You Should Know" Newsletter- October 2014
An estimated 19,500 veterans died while waiting for benefits from the VA in 2012, a sharp increase from 6,400 three years earlier. The VA has since refused media requests for updated numbers
Right now more than 240,000 veterans have been waiting longer than 125 days for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to review their initial requests for disability and pension benefits. Meanwhile, the wait is much longer for the additional 280,000 veterans and their families who were denied benefits and filed an appeal. So long in fact, some of them died waiting. Veterans shouldn’t risk life and limb on the battlefield only to battle bureaucratic red tape right here at home.
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