In an April 4, 2013, article, USA Today reported that the Department of Veterans Affairs is under growing pressure to reduce a mountain of pending veteran disability claims, and a new voice has been added to the chorus — the U.S. Army. In its article, “Army Pushes VA to Process Disability Claims Faster,” the news source said:
The Army has spent tens of millions of dollars and doubled staffing for a joint program with the VA aimed at cutting the Army’s backlog of soldiers waiting to leave the service because of being wounded, ill or injured.
The number of ailing soldiers waiting to leave the service has grown from 18,000 in 2011 to more than 27,000, largely because the VA is not bringing more manpower to the task, Army officers told USA TODAY.
“The ideal situation would be if they could add some capacity. That means adding some people to do (disability) ratings,” says Brig. Gen. Lewis Boone, director of the Army’s disability evaluation system.
Read the full article, by Gregg Zoroya, in USA Today: “Army pushes VA to process disability claims faster.”