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November 7, 2013

Schumer wants to end benefits backlog

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — This is one of the leading reasons veterans wait an average of 400 days to start receiving veteran’s benefits, Schumer said.

A March report by the Government Accountability Office found that “delays in obtaining military service and medical treatment records, particularly for National Guard and Reserve members, have significantly lengthened the evidence gathering phase.” These delays “impact VA’s duty to assist, possibly delaying a decision on a veteran’s disability claim.”

According to a study done by Allsup, nationwide, more than 253,000 veterans are waiting for their disability compensation issues to be resolved.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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