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Despite VA Pledge to Improve, More Veterans Face Long Wait For Benefits

February 8, 2013 | 10:59 am

Despite VA Pledge to Improve, More Veterans Face Long Wait For Benefits

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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 […]

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Number of Veterans Who Die Waiting for Benefits Claims Skyrockets

December 20, 2012 | 12:49 pm

Number of Veterans Who Die Waiting for Benefits Claims Skyrockets

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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 […]

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California’s Veterans, Friends and Family Share Their Stories

November 14, 2012 | 3:09 pm

California’s Veterans, Friends and Family Share Their Stories

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California is home to 2 million military veterans. More than one out of every 20 people in the state has served in the military, and California’s veteran population is greater than the total population of 12 states and the District of Columbia. Last weekend, in advance of Veterans Day, KQED and KPCC in Los Angeles […]

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November 12, 2012 | 8:37 am

A.M. Splash: Calif. Dems Closer to Supermajority; Chevron Won’t Make Big Pollution Changes; Oakland Defends Police in Court

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Democrat wins tight Sacramento-area Assembly race (Associated Press) Democrat Ken Cooley has won a tight race to represent eastern Sacramento County in the state Assembly, according to updated figures Friday. Cooley, a Rancho Cordova city councilman, was elected with nearly 53 percent of the votes over Republican Peter Tateishi, formerly the chief of staff for […]

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November 9, 2012 | 8:58 am

Accuracy Isn’t Priority as VA Battles Disability Claims Backlog

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by Aaron Glantz, Center for Investigative Reporting U.S. Navy cook Hosea Roundtree watched the 1983 shelling of Beirut from the deck of a ship, feelings of helplessness washing over him as people perished onshore. That memory haunted him, resurrected in flashbacks eight years later after a tour in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. But […]

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For Disabled Veterans Awaiting Benefits Decisions, Location Matters

August 29, 2012 | 12:34 pm

For Disabled Veterans Awaiting Benefits Decisions, Location Matters

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by Aaron Glantz, Shane Shifflett, The Bay Citizen If you’re a Northern California veteran who has waited a year for a decision on a war-related disability claim, you might consider a move to South Dakota – where the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs typically responds in less than half the time. Returning home from Afghanistan […]

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Veterans Lament Slow Service at Oakland VA

August 3, 2012 | 4:33 pm

Veterans Lament Slow Service at Oakland VA

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Randy’s mother died while waiting for benefits. Adam asked in vain two years ago for help with his brain injury. Bringing up the question of claims at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Oakland office, and you invite a seemingly endless series of such heartbreaking stories. Scott Shafer got that response on July 31 when […]

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May 2, 2012 | 7:36 am

Lab Accident at San Francisco VA Leaves Man Dead of Bacterial Meningitis

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A young lab assistant at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco died on Saturday after becoming infected with a deadly strain of bacterial meningitis that he had been working with in the lab. Officials at the VA wouldn’t release the man’s name, but said he was 25 years old and had been working at […]

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Women Veterans Suffer from PTSD at Same Rate as Men

January 16, 2012 | 4:04 pm

Women Veterans Suffer from PTSD at Same Rate as Men

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The number of women in the military has doubled in the past decade. According to the Pentagon, about 10 percent of the 2.2 million troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been women. These women are more likely to be in the line of fire than those serving in previous wars — and that […]

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Appeals Court Rules That Delays in Medical Care Violates Veterans Rights

May 10, 2011 | 3:25 pm

Appeals Court Rules That Delays in Medical Care Violates Veterans Rights

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the delay in providing medical care to veterans violates their constitutional rights to disability benefits. In a strongly worded statement the judges noted that here are roughly 1,000 attempted suicides every month among veterans enrolled with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and […]

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