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Local, Iowa vets have long wait for VA benefits

Some hear nothing for 13, 14 months, says a county director

December 29, 2012

Iowa’s veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq wait, on average, more than 10 months for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process their health and benefits claims....

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Anderson

Dec-31-12 5:12 PM

Anyone ever try to get rid of an incompetent or malingering civil servant? I have, and it isn't easy; in fact, its very nearly impossible, especially dealing with one of our several "protected" classes. The VA probably has more than its share of the sort as well as having to do follow arcane personnel rules and regulations that take little account of realities on the ground that vary markedly state to state and locality to locality. Then there is the impact on VA facilities of non-vets who cannot be denied services, such as illegal aliens. Since the suppliy of all things, including VA medical services, is not unlimited, there should be a hierarchy of eligibility, with those with COMBAT RELATED conditions at the very top, those with service related conditions next, etc., but 45% of Iraq or Afghan vets having combat or service related medical problems seems unusually high compared to past wartime experience.

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DRLENERS

Dec-31-12 7:59 PM

What are you smoking Anderson. Wow, never seen so much rambling, without actually saying a thing. You should be a politician. I am a combat veteran, missing my left leg and still trying to get compensated for it.

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Anderson

Jan-01-13 3:20 PM

DRLENERS: YOU should not have to wait for anything - a top-of-the-list vet for all that you need. This was about the VA and bureaucracy, however, its shortcomings and inequities. For example, I know a peacetime vet worth millions and NO svc related problems who gets maintenance meds, glasses, special shoes and monthly pedicures while more deserving vets wait in line. As for me, that just isn't right; proper priorities must be set and adhered to. PS: also a vet.

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