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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs claims backlog has been an issue that has risen to national attention and prompted much outrage. And for good reason — the number of veterans’ claims currently pending approval by the VA totals almost 880,000. Claims pending more than 125 days, which are considered “in the backlog,” total nearly 600,000.
The recent irresponsible political maneuvering over a bill to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits is just the latest example of how broken Washington is these days. Mainers are rightly asking themselves if it’s possible for Congress to work together and get things done...
The last thing a female veteran should have to fear at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility is being sexually assaulted. But too often it happens, said U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine. And after failing to prevent a sexual assault at one of its facilities, he said, the VA too often fails to properly report it. Michaud, D-2nd District, spoke at a House hearing Monday that highlighted a federal report, released last week, that shows nearly 300 sexual assaults, including 67 rapes, were alleged to have occurred in the VA network from 2007 to 2010.