Sunday, July 29, 2012

Veterans Health Care: VA, DoD short on results, lawmakers say

A joint congressional committee focused Wednesday on missed deadlines and delayed improvements that prevent the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments from providing a promised smooth transition to civilian life for separating service members.

While not questioning the objectives of the two agencies, lawmakers from the House armed services and veterans’ affairs committees focused on results of many initiatives that have yet to pan out.

There are 26,456 cases awaiting a decision today — 17,719 in the Army alone — for a process that is taking an average of 427 days in the Army, 406 days in the Marine Corps, 373 days in the Navy and 349 days in the Air Force.

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