Jeff Severns Guntzel has reported from the Middle East and points all over the United States for a cadre of publications and news organizations that are not usually mentioned in the same sentence, including Punk Planet Magazine, National Catholic Reporter, Village Voice Media, MinnPost.com and GOOD. He also did time as an editor at Utne Reader.
More than 800,000 claims for disability benefits are languishing in the VA's overstretched system. Veterans -- often young -- waiting on their claims can find themselves in desperate financial straits. A fund in Arizona acts as a stopgap to get them through.
A New York Times article on duplicate payments in the VA's pension system echoes the systemic failures we detailed in our reporting on delays and overpayments in the processing of veterans' benefits claims.
Time and again, internal auditors at the Department of Veterans Affairs detailed improper processing of important paperwork in offices around the country. From disorganized file storage to months-long delays in processing, we're examining how these problems are affecting veterans.