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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
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.
"There's a bureaucracy that goes on inside the VA that just clogs the system," said Mr. Tafe, who recalled a case with which he tried to help this summer, involving the widow of a veteran who died of a certified service-related illness.
"In the last two years, it has gotten far worse than it has ever been," said Walter J. Tafe, director of the Burlington County Military and Veterans Service in New Jersey, who has helped thousands of veterans or their widows navigate the VA bureaucracy to secure benefits they're owed.