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Many Veterans, Including Bin Laden’s Shooter, Face VA Challenges

VA Claims, Healthcare Get National Exposure from Reporter Aaron Glantz at Center for Investigative Reporting

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As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars wind down, the national media has become increasingly focused on the problems returning Veterans face at the Department of Veterans Affairs. One intrepid reporter, Aaron Glantz at the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), published several groundbreaking articles recently about how VA is failing veterans.

Bergmann & Moore continues having the honor of working with Glantz, an award-winning journalist who previously covered the war in Iraq.

Just this past week, a story by CIR on the Navy SEAL shooter who killed Osama bin Laden sent shock waves across the nation. The compelling report, which notes that the shooter is still waiting for his benefits, is the cover story in the new March issue of Esquire magazine.

A topic of discussion on virtually every cable and network news program for the past week, the story has put the VA’s disability claims crisis in the national spotlight. Glantz shares some fascinating background on the story here.

Another recent article by Glantz notes that the $537 million computerized Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS), which was supposed to make things easier for veterans to file claims, has processed just 75 claims. Glantz also reports that VA brokered 47,000 claims last year to hide problems at its struggling offices.

Another exclusive CIR story reveals that last year nearly 20,000 veterans were paid their benefits only after they died.

Our congratulations to Glantz and everyone at the CIR for holding VA’s feet to the fire and for keeping veterans informed on vitally important issues.

Another reporter who’s been aggressively covering veterans issues is the The Daily Beast’s Jamie Reno, who this past week reported that according to an internal report, the VA’s new computerized claims system is riddled with problems.

Meanwhile, in related news, next week Bergmann & Moore will be quoted in series of articles in the Washington Examiner about claim delays and errors at the Veterans Benefits Administration.

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