Maybe you should review your talking points before spewing them like an arrogant imbecile? Actually you support Carol when you repeat the BS story with"<quoted text>
Once again Carol, you've proven that you have the reading comprehension of a gerbil. You seem to have missed these parts;
1. The backlog initially expanded as a result of VA raising its own standards.
On the January afternoon Eric Shinseki took over as the nation’s seventh VA secretary, he inherited a mess.
To his immediate front, the former Army chief of staff faced a paper mountain of 391,127 separate disability claims—filed by veterans from every conflict since World War II. Nearly a quarter of the claims (more than 85,000) had been languishing in the system for more than six months.
The gravity of this situation in early 2009—with one war ending and another still raging—was not lost on the new boss. Compounding his problem, however, was the fact that he had little to work with in terms of a technological solution. VA was paper-bound, its IT system antiquated—and it had been this way for years.
As if the paper weren’t problem enough, Shinseki and his staff soon learned that thousands of Vietnam War veterans—many with whom he likely served—had been barred from claiming disability benefits for conditions related to their exposure to the toxic defoliant Agent Orange.
He also learned that when a veteran claimed post-traumatic stress related to time in combat, the veteran was obligated to prove that a specific stressor—an event at a certain time and place—had caused the condition. But because many returning veterans weren’t able to prove a specific instance had caused their sleepless nights, irritability, and hyper-vigilance, they were being denied disability benefits.
Shinseki was troubled by both of these. He viewed them as unfair and unjust. So he took action in late 2009, announcing expanded eligibility for those affected by both combat PTSD and Agent Orange.
The backlog happened because the VA under Shinseki was attempting to expand services to those who had been unfairly denied benefits. To you that's a bad thing?
The article also states that the backlog is in fact shrinking.
But go ahead keep blaming big government as though fewer VA workers would have made the situation any better. The fact is that government was too small to deal with this.
"Compounding his problem, however, was the fact that he had little to work with in terms of a technological solution. VA was paper-bound, its IT system antiquated—and it had been this way for years".
The entire f-ing government is "paper" bound, whether it is a stack of paper on a desk or in a computer. And the stupid f-ing rules and bureaucracy that goes with this government is a bigger roadblock. The VA should have started using private hospitals and care systems YEARS ago, probably when LBJ was overwhelming the system with Vietnam and their hospitals and clinics sold to major hospital systems like the Methodists, Catholics, Baptists, and major independents. There are around 22-million veterans living today and the majority are not using the VA Health System, yet the VA is overwhelmed. Here's some news for you: Medicaid and Medicare has the same problems as the VA and if you socialist get your way, explain how an inefficient government health care service is going to handle 321 million people? What has happened at the VA is men were killed by greedy government employees doing whatever it too to get a bonus and the man responsible was f-ing off and not wandering around, didn't have inspectors out finding out how things were being done, and didn't listen to the complaints of the troops or their survivors. Another Obama department out of control, because of the Imbecile in Chief. He needs a massive stroke--maybe that would wake him.
You're a two-bit paid propagandist. I am a real veteran. Stay out of my way. Got it?