The veterans described in a recent Fox News (Boston) story would likely pass on a parade tomorrow and the fan fare of Veterans Day. Instead, I imagine, they would simply prefer a phone call from the VA thanking them for their service and notifying them of their rating decision.
According to Fox News out of Boston, John Wypsyzinski has been waiting for a decision on his claim for disability benefits for more than two years. Wypsyzinski, a former Navy corpsman assigned to a Marine Corps unit in Iraq, now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can not return to his old job as an EMT. He reportedly worries that his family will lose their home and that his mental health condition will worsen as he continues to wait for assistance from the VA.
Another veteran the news station spoke to has been waiting for almost 10 years for benefits. Reggie Price, also a Navy veteran, filed for disability in 1999 and was initially denied. Like so many veterans who are discouraged by an initial denial, Price let years go by before reapplying in 2006. He, too, suffers from PTSD and mental illness. Like other veterans, and mentally ill people across this country, he has been incarcerated and is on the verge of homelessness.
Approximately 456,162 veterans are currently waiting on the VA to issue a decision on their claim. Nearly 35% have been waiting for more than the 125 days the VA aims to issue a decision by, causing some veterans, like Price to realize the benefit of hiring an experienced veterans law attorney.
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