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For veterans, temporary relief from disability waits

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Randy Meyer (left) and a fellow board member go over applications for emergency grants at the October meeting of the Arizona Military Family Relief Fund board. (Photo by Jeff Severns Guntzel | Public Insight Network)

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.