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President Obama: ‘Mission’ to help veterans recover from the wounds of war

“After years of military service, you shouldn’t have to wait for years for the benefits you’ve earned.” 

Making that pledge to some 3,400 attendees at the Disabled American Veterans’ convention in Orlando, Florida this past weekend, President Barrack Obama lauded the “9/11 generation” of warriors who have fought wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and again pledged to help them transition back to civilian life.

One major complaint from veterans has been the backlog of claims for compensation from the VA. According to the White House, the VA backlog — which includes claims that have been in the system for 125 days or more — has decreased from 611,000 to about 496,000 in recent months, a 20% reduction.

President Obama said his team is working to reduce the backlog of compensation claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs, “I’m going to be honest with you, it has not moved as fast as I wanted. We are not where we need to be, but we are making progress.”

The president also outlined plans to spend more than $100 million on new research into mental health challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder and what he called “this epidemic of suicide among our veterans and troops.”

Obama also said he is enlisting colleges to help train veterans for “the high-skilled jobs of tomorrow.

During his speech, Obama listed a series of “priorities” for veterans, including sufficient funding, improving the health care system, addressing homelessness among former troops and providing job training for returning service members.

With U.S. involvement in Iraq over and the war in Afghanistan coming to an end, Obama said “the job of caring for our veterans goes on, and our work caring for our newest veterans has only just begun.”

 

 

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