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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Walter J. Tafe
It was one of the simplest, most poignant promises Barack Obama made in 2008 in his first campaign for the White House: He would significantly reduce the government's lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. But the president's pledge not only remains unfulfilled, it has become a rallying cry for sick veterans, their widows and their advocates.
It was one of the simplest, most poignant promises Barack Obama made in 2008 in his first campaign for the White House: he would fulfill “a sacred trust with our veterans” by significantly reducing the government’s lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. The goal: all veterans could get a decision on disability claims within 125 days.
He added that he seldom if ever sees a case, even a simple one, resolved within the 125-day target the VA set.
The VA, he said, held up the elderly women’s payments for seven months until she could prove she had not remarried in the weeks after her husband of 53 years passed away.