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Local Veterans Face Long Waits for VA Benefits

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Returning veterans are now facing a new enemy at home—long wait times for their disability claims.

The waiting times started increasing in 2010 when U.S. troops were withdrawn from Iraq causing a dramatic uptick in first-time filers, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting

The data found that in most regional VA offices, not only did waiting times increase, but they vary dramatically with location: about 508 days in Baltimore, Maryland and 134 days in Fargo, North Dakota. The national average now stands at about 11 months, which is dramatically higher than in 2009 when it was 116 days.

Claims sent to the VA’s Boston office take on average 411.6 days to process a disability claim. That’s more than 13 months before the average claimant gets a decision. 

The backlog has also partly been blamed on the VA still using paper to process their claims. In 2011, the Department started implementing a computerized system in several of its regional offices. However, despite spending $ 537 million on the new program and employing 3,300 claims processors, 97 percent of veterans’ claims are still on paper. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 26, 2013 at 9:11 am

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Boston City Councilor Waits for ‘Monster’ to be Caught During Lockdown

A new photo of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was released this morning by Boston Police. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Gripped to media reports like the majority of Boston area residents is how Boston District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley is riding out the stay in shelter lockdown.

“I’m sitting in my living room since 6:20 a.m. this morning watching television, waiting, hoping and praying there’s no more innocent victims,” said O’Malley, who texted his staff early to let them know to stay home. He said he also received a robocall from NotifyBoston letting him know about the stay in shelter order while law officials search for one of the two bombing suspects.

He said he hasn’t received a briefing on the lockdown situation, and said he knows as much as anyone watching media reports.

O’Malley also took to Twitter for a little tweet beef with a state rep from Arkansas on gun control.

State Rep. Nate Bell, R-20, who tweeted last night: “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine? #2A read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm

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