Pending benefits claims for Texas veterans have doubled in two years, the most visible indicator of what state officials on Monday described as a mounting crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“It’s a monumental problem,” James Richman, the director of claims representation and counseling for the Texas Veterans Commission, told a Texas Senate committee reviewing the state’s massive backlog. “It’s an implosion, a perfect storm.”
According to the VA, pending claims in Texas have mushroomed from just more than 46,000 in July 2010 to nearly 90,000 this month. More than 76 percent of pending claims in Texas have been sitting for more than 125 days, significantly more than the national average of 66 percent.
—This really cool thing is happening in Texas (and around the country, okay, yes) where veterans can’t get their benefits claims processed. For months! It gets better? Nope! It gets worse. Thanks for serving! Take a number. Wait forever.