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VA dysfunction awful disservice to our veterans


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 11, 2014

~~<p>Almost 117,000 military veterans live in Hawaii, more than 93,000 of them having served in wartime. They are among the almost 22 million nationally whose performance of duty to country at the highest levels ought to entitle them to excellent care upon their return to civilian life.</p>
<p>But a seemingly endless series of reports about failures by the Veterans Administration at the national level makes it clear there is no such assurance. The mountainous backlog of applications for benefits has been long documented. Beneficiaries have waited for a year or more to get through even the first hoop, with various bureaucratic turf battles and congressional impediments slowing efforts to modernize the system or expand the use of expedited processes.</p>
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Almost 117,000 military veterans live in Hawaii, more than 93,000 of them having served in wartime. They are among the almost 22 million nationally whose performance of duty to country at the highest levels ought to entitle them to excellent care upon their return to civilian life.

But a seemingly endless series of reports about failures by the Veterans Administration at the national level makes it clear there is no such assurance. The mountainous backlog of applications for benefits has been long documented. Beneficiaries have waited for a year or more to get through even the first hoop, with various bureaucratic turf battles and congressional impediments slowing efforts to modernize the system or expand the use of expedited processes. Login for more...



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