Veterans disability backlog shrinking rapidly

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Veterans disability backlog shrinking rapidly

E-Newscast Video Link

http://disabilityrightsgalaxy.com/?p=22191

Video Length

Two minutes and twenty-three seconds

Grade Level

High School & Above

Summary

On October 30th, Allison Hickey, Veterans Affairs undersecretary for benefits, announced that since March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced the backlog for applicants seeking veterans’ disability benefits by 60 percent. The backlog of claims now stands at about 244,000 per month, down from 611,000 per month.

Review Questions

From 2009 to 2013, the number of disability claims filed with the VA climbed what percent?

 

The amount of benefits paid out rose from $35 billion to $_____?

 

The VA’s stated goal is to eliminate the backlog by when?

 

Free Writing Prompt

Why do you think the backlog exists in the first place?

 

What percent of veterans do you think have disabilities? Why do you think that?

 

Describe a scenario where you would wait in a 244,000 person long line.

 

Original Story Link: http://disabilityrightsgalaxy.com/veterans-disability-backlog-shrinking-rapidly/                        

Release Date: November 10th, 2014