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VETERANS: Vets penalized for filing appeals

Letter by Bruce C. Hein, Port Orchard on March 14, 2013 at 11:32 am | No Comments »
March 14, 2013 12:55 pm

Re: “Puget Sound veterans wait longer on claims” (TNT, 3-13).

As a veteran with a simple claim who has been waiting for almost two years, I thank you for shining a light on our plight. If a veteran appeals an initial ruling by Veterans Affairs, it gets even worse. The wait then extends out to as much as eight years, and the agency refuses to look at any new claims from the veteran until the appeal is resolved.

The VA considers something as simple as adding a dependent a new claim. Adding my wife of 43 years is still “pending” since I dared to make an appeal. During the extended wait on claims the only information we are given is that “It is in process, be patient.”

How many years must we be patient? To add additional insult, most of the service organizations that are suppose to be advocates for veterans seem to be more interested in making excuses for the VA than in actually trying to get the system fixed.

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