- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The director of the Oakland Veterans Affairs has broken her silence on allegations of mishandled files just days before a Senate probe into the matter.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (https://bayareane.ws/1Fc4wkN ) that Julianna Boor said Monday that the 13,184 benefit claims - some dating back to the 1990s - found stuffed in a file cabinet were merely duplicates of processed claims. She did acknowledge that the office’s record-keeping had been a problem, but said that a digital system has streamlined those difficulties.

The unprocessed informal claims were first found in 2012. The VA’s Office of Inspector General came to Oakland at the time to help sort out the problems.

The House Veterans Affairs committee scheduled a hearing for Wednesday on the VA’s handling of claims, focusing on Oakland and Philadelphia.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com

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