DAV representatives meet with veterans to discuss concerns including the VA backlog of claims.

Veterans Day has come and gone, but concerns for veterans regarding their health care remain.

Robert Davis of Copperas Cove is 90 percent disabled. He says the claims process with the VA “has been more than frustrating.”

“My claims have all been approved, but I am still waiting for payment three years later,” said Davis, a Vietnam veteran. “I was sent a letter more than two years ago that the claims were approved. I just can’t get paid.”

Davis, who spent 23 years in the military, said he is not angry and understands it is a process. He continues to call the VA on a regular basis to check on his past-due claims. He said he is told his claims are backlogged and still awaiting approval for payment at higher levels.

“The Army paid me what it owed me years ago, but I’m still waiting on the VA,” he said. “I have copies of all of my records because you have to prove it to (the VA) that you are owed the money. I finally got it approved after all these years but still haven’t gotten paid (from the VA).”

One of the biggest concerns among veterans is the backlog of claims in the VA system, which recently put a new program in place to process claims more quickly. The VA has divided the claims into three categories: express, core and special operations, said Bert Meza of the National Disabled American Veterans Association.

“The VA had a backlog of 50,000 claims six months ago,” Meza said. “Today, they are down to less than 20,000. We track these issues for retirees and have watched the system improve.”

George Martin of Copperas Cove served in both Korea and Vietnam. He agreed the VA is slow and patients have to be organized.

“If you go to the VA with a good attitude and don’t expect your care overnight, you’ll eventually get help. But, you have to have everything in order where they don’t have to look for your records,” Martin said. “Otherwise, it takes even longer. But, the VA has treated me just as well as Scott & White.”

Contact Wendy Sledd at wsledd@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476

(2) comments

JimS

The Only Government Branch, the Executive and it's entire Cabinet, federal and states, consistently not only doing for us Vets but the Military personal and their Families, from day one, started even before, and the first oath to office!!!

The long underfunded, decades now and especially the past decade plus:

RM: "We got a huge round of tax cuts in this country a few weeks before9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway.
How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was free?
Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business." 23 May 2013

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

"12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility

As those hawks and oh so patriotic supporters loves their wars for free, especially the decades of results from!!

USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71

Eliza

@ “My claims have all been approved, but I am still waiting for payment three years later,” said Davis, a Vietnam veteran. “I was sent a letter more than two years ago that the claims were approved. I just can’t get paid.”

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This seems awfully strange to have been approved for payment, But 3 years later, still no money has materialized.
I believe you may want to go to your Congressman and have his office question why there has been such a long hold up on the money owed to you.

I think what has happened is even though so much was promised through the present admin. This is were the hold ups (no pun intended) have been.

Next time contact is made about the owed money, that's been owed for so long, I would have to ask ,How high up is that supposed approval coming from?

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