Monday, September 13, 2010

VA is a national disgrace: “They are routinely denying our military veterans benefits that we have earned on the battlefield”
- Houston has highest appeals rate in the U.S. as benefits claims set records -

Borrowing for war and not paying the servicemembers who fight

By Lindsey Wise at the Houston Chronicle

Despite an influx of funds and staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the backlog of claims for benefits continues to grow at a record pace in Houston and nationwide.

VA received 1 million claims in 2009 for the first time in the department’s 80-year history. In Houston, the situation has worsened since the Houston Chronicle first reported on the local impact of the backlog more than a year ago.

The number of veterans waiting for the Houston VA Regional Office to process their disability compensation claims jumped from about 19,000 this time last year to nearly 24,000, an increase of 25 percent.

Almost half of those claims have been pending for more than four months, compared to 37 percent nationwide.



  1. Not just the VA, they can only do what they can with what they get, that's always been the case, and a country that cheers on wars of choice but refuses to 'Sacrifice' is the Real Culprit and that society should be blamed not the agency which they are supposed to fund!!

  2. For the people in Houston and south Texas who think they are NOT in any way affected by Agent Orange issues, take another good CLOSE look!
    "The Silencing Waters of Leon Creek"