Veterans groups urge court to force the VA to speed up handling of disability claims and appeals

By Carol J. Williams : August 24, 2009

Suicides among veterans average 18 a day, by the government’s estimation, and a backlog of disability claims for post-traumatic stress disorder and other untreated ailments approaches 1 million.   With a massive military drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan potentially on the horizon, lawyers for the veterans want a federal appeals court to order the Department of Veterans Affairs to make good on the nation’s commitment to take care of those wounded in mind as well as body.   It is an onerous task that a lower court has already deemed beyond the power of the judiciary to correct. And the latest appeal, to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has also been met with reluctance by the judges to tell a government bureaucracy how it should conduct its affairs.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/healthcare/la-me-veterans-suit24-2009aug24%2C0%2C1423297.story

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One Response to “Veterans groups urge court to force the VA to speed up handling of disability claims and appeals”

  1. Jeff Eastman Says:

    Any member of the military, past or present, can get free, anonymous, treatment for PTSD at WebEMDR.com. The site has been online for a year providing EMDR therapy and has had over 700 users, many of them military.


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