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  • Lots of problems and some solutions
    All the things sited seem to cause some of the problem. It sounds like they have finally gotten some of the computer problems under some sort of control and they have pulled people from other areas to deal with the backlog. As the military continues to downsize after the current wars, they will continue to have a large inflow of claims. I know at least one veteran that has submitted several appeals over the years. He served 3 or 4 years in the military and went out on disability for a chronic arthritic problem that developed. He level of disability varied several times over the years and he kept up appeals until he got 100% disability. As I understand it, when he reaches 65, next year, he will no longer get any payments and so will not be able to appeal anything. Whether his claim was justified or not and his appeals were valid is a much more complicated issue that needs to be dealt with on a case by case basis, but in the end, the claims processors are not medical professionals, they are clerks processing forms. They are not really qualified to make the judgment and the VA can't afford to hire those that could, so they live with the slop in the system because it is less than the cost of fixing it.
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