The Department of Veterans Affairs spent the past six months focusing on the benefits backlog, and it’s paying off.
By Mimi Chakarova, Center for Investigative Reporting Since 1990, the number of women veterans in the United States has doubled to 1.8 million. But a lot of female veterans, especially those who are younger, don’t consider themselves veterans at all — they incorrectly assume that a “vet” must have served in combat. Thus, many of […]
by Aaron Glantz, Center for Investigative Reporting The Department of Veterans Affairs has systematically missed nearly all of its internal benchmarks for reducing a hulking backlog of benefits claims and has quietly backed away from repeated promises to give all veterans and family members speedier decisions by 2015. Internal VA documents, obtained by the Center […]
by Aaron Glantz, Center for Investigative Reporting The Department of Veterans Affairs handed out millions of dollars in bonuses to top officials over five years, even as the number of veterans facing long waits for disability benefits ballooned. Internal VA documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveal that as the backlog worsened, the […]
by Aaron Glantz, The Bay Citizen The Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to provide key information to Congress and the public that shows the agency’s ability to quickly provide service-related benefits has virtually collapsed under President Barack Obama. Infographic: Veterans waiting longer Internal VA documents, obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting and authenticated […]
by Aaron Glantz, Shane Shifflett, Center For Investigative Reporting Under fire for its growing backlog of disability benefits claims, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs last July set itself a goal: By year’s end, 40 percent of veterans would wait no more than four months for an answer on compensation claims for conditions as serious […]
by Aaron Glantz, The Bay Citizen After seven months of delay, the Department of Veterans Affairs finally approved World War II veteran James Alderson’s pension benefits last week. But it was not a cause for celebration or relief for Alderson, whose life’s work was the farm supply store he founded near Chico after returning home […]