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Congressman Kevin Cramer Joins Veterans In Calling On President Obama To Establish A Commission To End Benefit Backlog

Mar 21, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC- Today, on the steps of the United States Capitol, the “Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America” (IAVA) organization called on President Obama to establish a Presidential Commission to end the VA disability benefits backlog. Currently, according to the VA, 70 percent of claims are backlogged by more than 125 days, having a devastating impact on veterans and their families who are trying to successfully transition to civilian life. Members of IAVA came to Congressman Kevin Cramer’s office today to ask for his support in standing with 2.5 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, 21 million veterans of all generations, and demanding a commission to end the VA backlog.

“Under all circumstances, we must preserve and protect the benefits and services for our returning veterans,” Cramer said.

A recent report from the Center for Investigative Reporting cites, on average it takes between 316 and 327 days for returning veterans to hear back on claim decisions.

“It is disappointing to me that it takes so long for returning veterans to hear back on their claim decisions,” Cramer said. “I am happy to stand with IAVA and veterans all across America to work to end the wait and VA backlog.”

Congressman Kevin Cramer signed the IAVA petition to call on the President to establish a Presidential Commission to end the backlog today.

Congressman Kevin Cramer is a member of the Natural Resources and Science, Space and Technology House Committees, including the Natural Resource Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, and Subcommittee on Energy of the House Science Space and Technology Committee.