Benefits distribution for vets must get better

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Monday, June 4, 2012
This is among commentaries submitted to The Gazette from students at Janesville’s Craig and Parker high schools who did field studies in either Washington, D.C., or Madison in Advanced Placement U.S. government courses taught by Joe Van Rooy.

Veterans deserve to be compensated for their altruistic service to their country. In regards to benefits that vets receive, the government is doing adequately but could do more. A major problem with wounded veterans is the disability claims dilemma.

“Over a million claims are pending, making the system to the point of unmanageability,” states Jon Clark, professional staff member of Congressman Miller.

Congress and the Veterans Administration need to regulate and oversee this system to clean it up and deal with claims in a timelier manner. The government must start reinforcing promises it makes to veterans. Blindness, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury leading to paralysis, post-traumatic stress disorder and other wounds all need special attention and require extensive health care costs that must be distributed fairly by the government.

The budget for veterans, says Ryan M. Gallucci of the VFW, needs to be “set out responsibly, not equally, but proportionally to the needs of veterans.”

For progress to happen, there needs to be better coordination between the VA and the Department of Defense. Both have slightly differing systems, and if they correlated more to develop a standardized system to assess veterans’ health, veterans would have a more efficient way to enroll and get benefits they’re entitled to.

Ultimately, the government must step up and unite forces to develop a more proficient and enhanced system that will benefit veterans who are more than worthy of being reimbursed for their efforts to America.

Last updated: 8:51 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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