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Backlog unacceptable

| Saturday, March 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs needs to fulfill its obligation to our heroic servicemen and women.

Having more than 895,000 pending claims, with about 600,000 pending for more than 125 days, is unacceptable.

My father, a World War II veteran, is among those whose pending claims have gone unanswered. It has been two-and-a-half years and a ton of paperwork, with no decision made. When you submit your claim, you are told a decision will be made in six to 12 months.

Allison Hickey, the VA's undersecretary for benefits, believes she can eliminate the backlog by the end of 2015. Is she waiting for these veterans to pass away in order to clear the backlog?

Seems we have money to give away overseas, but are very stingy about giving money to take care of our own.

It is time to stop and make things right in a timely manner.

Susan Kremmel

West View

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