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Angry vets demand end to backlog of disability claims

More than 200 veterans attend a forum organized by lawmakers seeking to expedite stalled or bungled disability claims. One attendee filed his claim in 1947. Veteran Douglas Briggs throws up his arms in frustration as he makes his feelings known … Continue reading

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Army reviews mental health cases going back to 2001

By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY Updated 17h 27m ago The Army is launching a servicewide review of mental health cases dating back to 2001 to ensure that soldiers suffering a behavioral health illness were not denied appropriate medical retirement benefits. By … Continue reading

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Oakland Veterans Affairs’ Office Mishandled Claims, Inspector General Finds

By Aaron Glantz Staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Oakland office regularly made incorrect decisions when evaluating disability claims and failed to inform veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan that they are entitled to free mental health care, … Continue reading

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VA mental health hiring is flawed, critic says

  From the Army Times By Patricia Kime - Staff writer A representative of a major mental health organization blasted the Veterans Affairs Department for failing to hire therapists whom he says could ease VA staffing shortages and eliminate prolonged waiting periods … Continue reading

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Veterans’ mental health treatment not as timely as contended

By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY An internal investigation at the Department of Veterans Affairs released Monday says tens of thousands of veterans waited far longer last year to receive mental health treatment than what the VA contends.   An inspector general found … Continue reading

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