ATLANTA - Some veterans waiting for disability claims for service
-related injuries say wait times are not getting any better despite what the agency is saying.
This year wait times have decreased to an average of 299 days, according to
But the number of veterans appealing claims in
Some critics say that the backlog burden is just being shifted to another area.
“They are just throwing darts at a dart board, that is all,” said Rich Sestili, a retired Vietnam veteran.
“No Veteran should have to wait to receive earned benefits. Through a combination of transformation initiatives and the hard work of our employees, we are making significant progress toward our goal of eliminating the claims backlog in 2015,” said
Vietnam veteran Bruce D’Agostino says he’s been waiting 45 years.
He said initially the VA told him it lost his records, but two weeks ago he said the agency recovered them.
“In this case, the information was in their hands the whole time but they denied having it,” D’Agostino said.
“I’m embarrassed for this country that they treat the veterans the way they do,” said Bill Delameter, another veteran.
A spokesperson for the