Mike Huckabee News
May 06 2013
It’s rare as hen’s teeth these days for Senators across party lines to agree on anything. But one thing they do agree on is that they’re fed up with the Obama Administration not taking action to clear up the backlog of disability benefit applications at the Veterans’ Administration. Over the past four years, that agency has enjoyed a 40 percent budget increase while the number of veterans waiting over a year for their benefit applications to be processed has gone up by 2,000 percent. Three bipartisan Senators have written Obama a letter, urging him to take direct action to clear out the backlog, and 65 more Senators signed on.
While the number of suicides among veterans has been skyrocketing in recent years, the average wait time for first-time VA disability claims has stretched to over 316 days. In some places, it’s even longer. In Reno, New York, L.A., Pittsburgh and Indianpolis, the wait is between 600 and 700 days – nearly two years.
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders blasted the VA’s responses to veterans and to Congress as “completely unacceptable.” He said returning veterans deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, not red tape, bureaucracy and years of delay. You know, there aren’t many areas of agreement I have with Sen. Sanders, but on this, he couldn’t be more correct. If there is one area of government where budget cuts should never apply and services should never be compromised, it’s health care for the men and women who put their lives on their lives on the line to defend our freedom.