Backlog has area veterans waiting on claims

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11:19 AM.

“It’s a very simple claim for dependency,” Bryant said. “I’m still waiting. It will be two years here soon in December. I know there are veterans waiting longer than me and it may be as simple as a keystroke to start someone’s compensation whether it be medical or monetary benefits.”

Doug Bradley, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, said he filed his VA claim on April 30 of last year.

“It’s a very frustrating process so far because whenever I was going through my discharge they said it would take six to eight months,” he said.

Despite his frustration, Bradley said he was trying to remain patient.

“I know there are people worse off than I am that aren’t receiving their compensation,” he said. “I’m trying to keep that in mind. I’m not trying to jump ahead of anyone. I just want answers.”  

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