Injured troops still waiting for claim processing

Wednesday - 5/18/2011, 9:40am EDT

Some veterans are waiting 400 days to have their disability claims processed as they muster out of the Defense Department. In some cases, their lives are on hold while they wait for their status to change from soldier to veteran. At issue is the Integrated Disability Evaluation System. It started as a pilot in 2007, and now is in place at 80 military locations. It's designed to speed up disability processing by consolidating DOD and VA processes. But the system is meeting its nine-month goal for only 15 percent of active-duty cases. That's according to documents obtained by the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and shared with The Associated Press.

This story is part of Federal News Radio's daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.