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  • Ronald Robinson, U.S. Army Ret., senior veterans' service representative, AFGE Local 520, testifies to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing to review the Veterans Benefits Administrations progress in achieving VAs goal of ending its disability compensation claims backlog by 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Hundreds of millions in bogus claims at VA

    The VA's rush to cut a huge backlog of claims from disabled veterans has forced it to cut corners elsewhere, and yet the department is still botching about one out of every 10 claims decisions, top officials and whistleblowers testified to Congress on Monday, signaling that the problems go far beyond the hospital wait times that have plagued it.

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  • "Without question — without question — we respect the oversight of this committee and your staffs. What occurred on that day is not acceptable," said a contrite Allison A. Hickey, VA undersecretary at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), who invited any whistleblowers to come straight to her with any issues they come across.

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  • Ms. Hickey, the undersecretary, said delays in veterans getting their payments "has never been acceptable" and said the department has been trying for four years to get a handle on the situation.

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