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COLLINS SIGNS LETTER TO FIX BACKLOG AT DEPT. OF VET AFFAIRS

COLLINS SIGNS LETTER TO FIX BACKLOG AT DEPT. OF VET AFFAIRS

Georgia rep. and Air Force Reservist calls on POTUS to address concerns for military servicemen and women

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA), along with 26 other veteran members of Congress, has signed a letter calling for President Obama to review the extensive backlog of claims and procedural problems taking place within the Department of VeteransAffairs. Despite increased funding for the department since 2009, close to one million claims currently remain unprocessed. Collins, a Reservist, offered the following statement after sending the letter directly to President Obama:

“This is an issue I see day in and day out as a counselor of our airmen and women,” Collins said. “They are concerned with how their needs and the needs of their family members are going to be addressed by the VA. It sickens me to know this thought has become an ordinary reality for those risking their lives – both at home and abroad – in order to protect our freedoms. Whatever lingering procedural problems clearly exist within the department, Secretary Shinseki and President Obama owe it to our brave servicemen and women to see to it their claims are handled efficiently with the utmost care.”

The first paragraph of the letter reads:

“As military veterans and those actively serving in the Guard and Reserve, we are increasingly concerned with the many difficulties our fellow veterans are experiencing when filing compensation claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans of all generations deserve the highest quality care and timely delivery of services; and right now, the VA benefit delivery is putting America’s veterans at a disadvantage.”

Since 2002, Collins has served as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves, completing one combat tour in Iraq during the fall of 2008 into spring 2009.

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