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VETERANS: Little help from regional office

Letter by Nilsa Martinez, Tacoma on June 28, 2013 at 11:51 am with No Comments »
June 28, 2013 3:08 pm

Re: Veterans’ uphill road back, struggle with suicide” (TNT, 6-).

This article accurately describes most of the veterans I know, including myself. However, the statement that “the VA just reported it had cut the backlog of claims pending more than 125 days by 15 percent in recent weeks” is incorrect.

Data from eBenefits state that the completion date for my claim should have been in Feb. 6. It was filed on Oct. 12, 2011; 624 days later, the Seattle regional office of Veterans Affairs is unable to provide an estimated completion date for this type of claim.

When Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray inquired, they both received the same form letter from the Seattle office. Furthermore, they were advised that I should check eBenefits for my status.

Where does the regional office think I am getting my information from? Supposedly, the Homeless Outreach coordinator knows about my housing. When I asked for help I was given paperwork with possible leads.

There are days that I get only one meal a day. My sole source of income is my VA benefits. I pay what I can and pray that today is not the day that my power is cut off, eviction summons is carried out and I become homeless with my pets.

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