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Veterans in Chicago face longer waits for benefits

Veterans benefits are one thing that should be extremely easy to get for those who have served our country, but a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting finds that the average wait time for veterans in rural areas tend to have their benefits granted much quicker than those in big cities. Time Magazine pointed out that vets in cities like Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and New York face long waits.

“As a reporter who has spent the last decade covering the war in Iraq and the experiences of American veterans, I can’t tell you how many veterans I’ve met who committed suicide or became homeless while they waited on a disability claim,” said Aaron Glantz of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting, according to the news source.

Time said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki told the American Legion convention earlier this month that no one at the department is standing at rest when it comes to claims, but they are getting more in than they have been pushing out. VA still has a goal of processing all claims within 125 days at 98 percent accuracy by 2015, a lofty goal by the department.

Regardless of the good intentions of VA, the truth is justice delayed is justice denied. The law offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates are committed to advancing the client’s VA claim to an early approval of benefits as soon as legally possible.