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Memorial Day: A day to remember our fallen heroes and to think about our veterans

May 29, 2012

With the passing of another Memorial Day, it gives us the opportunity, not only to enjoy a three (3) day weekend filled with barbeques and time spent with friends, but it also gives us the opportunity to remember our fallen heroes and those brave men and women who have served our country.

This Memorial Day, President Barack Obama made a promise to America’s veterans, saying, “As long as I’m president, we will make sure you and your loved ones receive the benefits you’ve earned and the respect you deserve.” They are words that many hope he will truly deliver on as many military veterans groups are calling upon President Barack Obama to repair what they call a failed bureaucracy that requires former service members to wait months for disability benefits.

With thousands of troops coming home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of disability cases filed with the Department of Veterans Affairs jumped 48 percent over the past four years. The department faces a backlog of about 905,000 claims, with 65 percent of them taking longer than the agency’s 125-day target for processing. It can take as long as 400 days for soldiers who apply for disability benefits to receive them.

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