“The Veterans’ disability claims system is slow and bureaucratic, and the backlog of Veterans’ claims is growing,” said Dils, whose West Virginia law firm helps disabled individuals with Veterans’ claims, disability claims and Social Security disability compensation.
Injured Veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are filing claims at historically high rates, according to The Washington Post. Nearly half of the 1.3 million combat Veterans discharged since 2001 have filed for benefits. By comparison, about 16 percent of Vietnam Veterans are receiving benefits.
At the same time, the Veterans Administration’s expansion of the number of illnesses linked to Agent Orange, a pesticide widely used during the Vietnam War, has generated a surge in claims among Vietnam-era Veterans.
The VA has added 3,000 additional claims processors to accommodate the anticipated increase, but the complexity of the claims has created a growing backlog.
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