New report: Wounded Wait More Than a Year for Military Medical Discharge
More government investigations continue confirming what we in the Veteran community already know: Our Veterans are waiting too long for military and VA benefits.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES), showed active-duty service members wait 394 days to finish process while reserve members wait 420 days. The goal is 295 and 305 days respectively. That’s too long.
The Washington Post described the impact of the delays on our service members. And GAO’s Daniel Bertoni told Senators only 19 percent of active-duty service members and 18 percent of reserve members finished the process on time. The IDES program is a joint effort of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) implemented in the wake of the infamous Walter Reed scandal revealed in February 2007.
Bergmann & Moore continue closely following VA’s claim error and delay crisis. Last week, The American Conservative quoted Bergmann & Moore. And then Bloomberg News detailed the devastating financial consequences long waits have on Veterans and families. Please continue watching our Bergmann & Moore blog for updates on VA’s claim error and delay crisis.