On Saturday, President Obama addressed 3,400 attendees at the annual
Disabled American Veterans Convention in Orlando, Fla., promising to
streamline the backlogged disability claims system for illness and
injury resulting from military service and committing more support for
returned veterans at home.
In his speech, President Obama addressed the needs of veterans who
have experienced illness and injuries caused by military service,
proposing more research for traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic
stress disorder, and suicide among veterans. Speaking to the general
population returned service members, including those who recently
returned from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi freedom, he
spoke of the administration's commitment to helping veterans earn
college degrees and get high-skills job training.
Of particular concern to his audience is the current backlog of
disability claims for compensation for illnesses and injuries resulting
from military service. Currently, there are 780,000 claims pending in
the system administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Of those,
500,000 are considered backlogged, having been in the system for more
than 125 days, a number that is down from 611,000 in March.
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