Thursday, December 27, 2012

Former Army Gunner Struggles to Receive Services from V.A.

Recent statistics show veterans are waiting longer for the Veterans Administration to process their disability claims.The average wait has grown to nearly nine months, with some veterans waiting even longer. The V.A. acknowledges the problem and says it's trying to cut into the backlog.The V.A. says one reason for the longer wait is the agency has made it easier for veterans with post traumatic stress to receive benefits -- leading to an increase in the number of claims. Some veterans and their families say the long wait can fuel despair and even suicide for veterans already struggling to adjust to life back home. Karin Argoud spoke to three young veterans receiving treatment at the nonprofit treatment center for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from post traumatic stress, called the Pathway Home in Yountville in Napa County. In the second of three reports she speaks with Sergant Forest Gielenz.