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April 19, 2013

By Ben Freeman, Ph. D.

Veterans Affairs Announces Plan to Reduce Claims Backlog



National Security Responding to withering criticism, the VA says veterans who have been waiting a year or more for disability benefits will be bumped to the head of the line for eligibility determinations.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 28, 2013

By Mia Steinle

VA Healthcare System Failing Veterans, Study Says



Veterans Saluting Military veterans experience “excessive wait time” for medical care, leading to higher incidences of preventable hospitalizations and death, according to the Institute of Medicine.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 28, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Jon Stewart Tears Into "Criminal" VA Backlog



Jon Stewart and The Daily Show on the VA On Wednesday’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart decried the extremely long wait times veterans are facing for their disability claims and medical appointments despite an increase in funding to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 21, 2013

By Andre Francisco

VA Backlog is Huge and Records Are Unreliable



Drug and FDA Issues As many as hundreds of thousands of veterans could be in the Department of Veteran Affairs backlog waiting for medical appointments, David Hilzenrath, the Project On Government Oversight’s editor-in-chief, said on Public News Service today.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

March 14, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

As Veterans Wait for Care, VA Allegedly Papers Over Delays



Veterans Affairs Seal By altering dates logged, Department of Veterans Affairs employees minimize reported wait times for veterans' medical appointments, the GAO says.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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