“It’s a blight on our country that these brave warriors have sacrificed life and limb to serve their country, only to come home and in many cases have to wait a year or even longer to have their claim processed,” Hatch said. “All we’ve heard so far is a lot of empty promises and little action. There’s simply no excuse for veterans to be put in this situation, and the Obama Administration needs to step forward and honor its commitment to America’s servicemembers.”
A claim is defined as “backlogged” if it is pending by the VA for more than 125 days. According to the VA, Utah veterans on average must to wait 307 days to have their claims, while the national average wait time for veterans’ disability claims is between 316-327 days.