Some 32,000 wounded Iraq War veterans face long delays for care at the Veterans Administration, and even less is known about the strains on some 1 million family caregivers.
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The 10-year anniversary of America’s war in Iraq came and went with little fanfare this week, but in homes across the country, veterans – and the family members who care for them – continue to struggle mightily with the wounds of battle.
Two new studies highlight their plight. On a Friday afternoon this month, the Army quietly released a Pentagon Inspector General’s report which found “non-compliance” on the part of the Army in processing soldiers’ disability claims.
The report issued a further rebuke, noting that the method for filing disability claims is “increasing the workload and confusion for all participants and leaders concerned.”
That navigating the veterans’ disabilities claims process is confusing has long been known. The problem, veterans advocates say, is that it is not appreciably improving for the 32,000 troops who were wounded in the war.