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Mr. Diamond said the Bush administration was guilty of “woeful underfunding” of the VA, and that Mr. Obama has been beefing up the agency’s personnel to whittle away the backlog.

“The VA claim backlog is not something that this administration created,” Mr. Diamond said.

He accused Mr. Romney of “saber rattling” in the campaign and said the GOP candidate is “hopelessly out of touch with reality” in his foreign and military policies.

Ms. Henneberg said Mr. Obama is “exploding the federal budget” and cutting “billions” from veterans’ health care.

Gov. Romney believes we must devote to veterans the care and support they deserve, and as president he will do that,” she said.

Seth McLaughlin contributed to this report.