Wednesday, June 27, 2012

California Congressman Rips VA Over Claims Backlogs

In a meeting last week of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), the ranking member of that panel, ripped the Veterans Administration for their huge backlog of claims and the glacial pace at which America's Vets are getting needed services.

Filner, said that the system for handling Veterans' claims is hopelessly broken and has called for a stringent audit process similar to what is used by the Internal Revenue Service to ensure faster and more accurate handling of VA disability and pension claims.

“This is disgraceful and an insult to our veterans,” Filner said. “Somebody has to take responsibility for this and try something new.”

The San Diego Congressman appeared on MSNBC's  Rachel Maddow Show Tuesday to discuss the problem, saying "... people die before they get final adjudication or may commit suicide."

"It's so bad that these things occur," he said. "And I think it's a bureaucracy that has been in charge for decades that doesn't want to do anything differently."

"We want to talk about the glory of war, how patriotic it is. And we don't want to focus on the cost of war, what happens when the young men and women come back."

Representative Filner has some good things to say on the subject and is showing much-needed leadership right now.  Have a look at the full clip from last night:

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