VA Admits Possible Cuts
August 7, 2012
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At a recent joint hearing of the House Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services Committees, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, confirmed that under sequestration, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would face cuts, possibly affecting the administration of veterans’ benefits and services. Wait times for the Integrated Disability Evaluation System are already at record highs, the disability claims backlog has tripled in the past four years, and a majority of veterans seeking mental health evaluations wait an average of two months for an appointment. A webcast of the hearing along with statements and submissions is available on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs website.
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