During remarks last Wednesday on the health care scandal at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, President Barack Obama took note of a perceived bright spot.
“We launched an all-out war on the disability claims backlog,” Obama said. “And in just the past year alone, we’ve slashed that backlog by half.”
Yet a review of federal data shows widespread regional disparities in the effort to clear the VA’s backlog in processing claims for disability benefits — and local veterans are among those left behind.
In the 31-county area served by the VA’s Buffalo Regional Benefit Office — covering the western half of New York State from Broome County to Lake Erie — veterans are more likely to face delays in processing disability benefits claims than almost anywhere in the country.
About 61 percent of the 7,254 claims for disability benefits pending as of May 17 in the Buffalo region were…
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