FAIRFIELD — Five bipartisan bills designed to help veterans with disability claims, housing and jobs win support from Rep. John Garamendi, who called claims backlogs at the Department of Veterans Affairs a national disgrace.
“No one who has donned the uniform should ever feel that their service was forgotten,” Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said in a press release. “I’ve been disgusted by the claims backlog and will support whatever legislation is necessary to bring this embarrassing episode to a prompt close.”
He said the House of Representatives’ passage of the legislation Monday “took necessary steps to bring us closer to giving America’s veterans the prompt services they deserve.”
More than 700,000 disability claims are pending, with more than 400,000 in the backlog, said Garamendi, who has called on Congress to pass legislation to completely resolve the backlog by 2014.
The congressman said provisions from the bills include:
“Those who served deserve the best service possible at the VA. It’s that simple,” Garamendi said. “No delay. No excuses. Let’s get this done and done right.”
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