In a recent reporting trip to Phoenix, where the backlog is severe, my colleague Samara Freemark and I spent a week meeting veterans, their families and the people and organizations who advocate for them.
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For veterans in the Phoenix area, Art Sloane and his Veterans Voice weekly newspaper column have been an integral part of navigating claims, questions, benefits and resources.
“You got drama at home. You got school. You got homework. But when you’re on the mat, nothing matters.”
The VA has set a goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015. But the department’s backlog in disability claims processing can mean long waits for life-changing compensation.
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.