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Veterans Wait Longer For Benefits Under Obama

Michael Juliani |
March 11, 2013 | 9:56 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Obama promised to fix the VA bureaucracy. (Wikimedia Commons)
Obama promised to fix the VA bureaucracy. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Center for Investigative Reporting has discovered that the number of veterans waiting for service benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased by more than 2000 percent since Barack Obama has been president, according to The Daily Beast.

They reported that 11,000 veterans waited for more than a year for their benefits in 2009 and now about 245,000 veterans are waiting for more than a year to receive basic benefits like disability compensation.

President Obama pledged, as a candidate, to restore a "broken VA bureaucracy." Documents reviewed by the Center for Investigative Reporting show that the VA publicly announces figures that don't accurately reflect the disorder of the process.

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