Tyler, Texas — Although the Obama administration has stepped up efforts to process medical disability claims by U.S.. veterans, but the agency's backlog continues to grow.
VA claims have increased 48% over the past three years. And as of mid-June, the VA had 870,000 pending cases; and 66% had been pending more than 125 days, according to a special analysis.
The VA has set a goal of processing all claims in fewer than 125 days by 2015.
The back log is the worst it has ever been, and as a result of that in July this year Governor Rick Perry, and Gov. David Dewhurst issued a statement stating they will do all they can on a state level to try to resolve this issue. They have authorized the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) to use $1.5 million from its 2012-2013 biennial budget to address the backlog of veterans’ claims pending before the U.S.. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The governor also authorized a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Office so the TVC can begin immediately addressing the issue.
“Our veterans have put their lives on the line in the name of service to our country, and we owe it to these brave men and women and their families to ensure they get the services they need and deserve,” Gov. Perry said. “Texas will not sit by while our veterans wait to receive their benefits from the federal government. These efforts by the Texas Veterans Commission will help veterans in our state more quickly and seamlessly receive the support they need.”