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Hagan says VA claims backlog 'unacceptable'

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Sen. Kay Hagan was among the dignitaries at today's ribbon cutting for the new VA superclinic in Wilmington.

Hagan (D-NC) has been helping push for changes in the VA. Among her efforts, she has joined 66 of her Senate colleagues in asking President Obama to end a backlog of hundreds of thousands of VA disability claims.

"These are men and women who have served us, and for them to have to wait more than a year, sometimes two years to get an answer to their request, that's totally unacceptable," Hagan said.

Hagan says veterans issues are about more than just policy. She says we must do everything within our power to protect the promises we have made to our veterans and their families.

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Just another useless soundbite

When asked for any specifics on how to eliminate the backlog, Sen Hagan stated "Hey, my job is to keep on putting out sound bites so voters will like me, not to actually figure things out. If Senators we're supposed to really do something constructive don't you think that we would have at least put out one budget in the last four years? My goodness, what is wrong with you people back here in quaint little voter land?"

Having been in the military

Having been in the military during the Viet Nam era, I can't seem to get a handle on why there are so many disability claims. This did not happen when I served. If someone was injured, he was taken care of and put back as close to normal condition as possible. Now, it seems like most every soldier that has enlisted is filing a claim for some sort of disability.

Veterans Benefits &Claims

To the Vietnam Nam veteran that spoke about the veterans of that era and the supposed resolutions that were afforded veterans of that era. Well I to am a Veteran of that era and initiated a claim immediately after being Medical Discharged after spending just short of 3-years active duty in the USAF, and was denied immediately after it's initiation just after that years end. I have been fighting that decision since that time and was finally awarded 30% compensation in 2005, though I was 100% disabled as noted on my DD214 in 1975. I immediately appealed their decision formally in 2006 and not until the week of 6/3/2013 did I finally get a "Video Hearing" scheduled for later this month.. My point is that not everyone has gotten the treatment you so poignantly point out about subsequent Veterans of more recent times. "We all", deserve to have our promises fulfilled!

USMC -

Perhaps the technology is leading to more diagnosis of disability?
Shell shocked was considered being chicken in WWII.
It's now post traumatic stress syndrome.
Hard of hearing from former gunnery mates is now post combat hearing loss in frequency ranges of____________.

Now in our "era" think about Vietnam in terms of Agent Orange.
Good Lord the military fought that as a war related injury for how long?

In PGI we had "Gulf Syndrome" a fight that is still ongoing.

I do think there are a few Vets that try to take advantage of the system but having a seen a few men that came back from AfPakistan? I am convinced that our concept of "war is hell" pales in comparison to what these brave young people have experienced. I cannot fathom what modern warfare has done to them.
TV and particularly TV news has numbed our senses. We have huge kill ratios in our favor and we stand back and watch bombs fall and drones kill.
We think it's real time video war gaming. Our successes and technology have reduced our thoughts of just how terrifying war can be for those on the front lines.
So many automatically think - "What you mean someone actually got hurt? They died? Oh you're kidding, right?"
As far as I'm concerned? If they have a doctor that says they're disabled? Then a cursory review by a VA Doc should confirm the diagnosis and the disability approved.

Vog

Veteran's Disibility

AMEN Brother!

You ain't kidding...

Two years in June for my husband! Ridiculous!

Atta girl Kay...

I'm sure you can move mountains with your comments.