The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, resigned last week amid a growing scandal at VA medical facilities. Prompted by the fallout from an inspector general's report that found that vets at the Phoenix VA were waiting an average of 115 days to see a primary care doctor, the secretary's resignation ended a tenure that was characterized by intractable problems.
According to a December story in the Las Vegas Review Journal, Nevada veterans wait longer than vets anywhere else in the United States to receive decisions on their disability claims. Senator Dean eller (R-Nev.) testified at a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing that around 4,000 vets in Las Vegas, Reno and throughout the state have waited longer than 125 days. The goal of the Department of Veteran Affairs is to process disability claims in an average of 125 days.
It is Veterans Day, so this is an appropriate time to review the benefits that our country offers those members of the military who served so honourably. There are around 23 million living veterans in the United States. However, there are benefit programs from the Department of Veteran Affairs available to many of them that are not being used by those vets - often because they are unaware of the resources available to them.