Sunday | April 28, 2013

Senator Scott Joins Colleagues in Urging President to Solve VA Backlog

Senator Scott Joins Colleagues in Urging President to Solve VA Backlog Contact: 202-224-2718 (press office) Washington- U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) today joined 66 of his Senate colleagues in urging President Obama to establish a plan to end the disability claims backlog at the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). Currently, more than 600,000 veterans, including 15,844 in South Carolina, are stuck in the VA's disability claims backlog. "Our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much to protect our nation, and we must keep our commitments to them," Scott said. "The VA backlog affects veterans from Normandy to Afghanistan, and there needs to be a clear plan for processing all of these claims." With more veterans returning home every day, some have been faced with waiting more than 1,000 days for a decision from the VA. The number of claims pending for more than a year has grown by over 2,000% over the past four years, despite a 40 percent increase in the VA's budget. ###
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