April 29, 2013
Wyoming veterans shouldn’t have to wait almost a year to get the help they need when they return home. That’s why U.S. Senator Mike Enzi joined more than 60 other senators today in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to take direct action to reduce the current backlog of veterans’ disability claims. Currently, Wyoming has 1,183 backlogged claims with veterans filing their first claim waiting 269 days on average.
“We need to do whatever is necessary to make sure those who served their country get the care they need when they come home,” said Enzi. “Our veterans have made countless sacrifices on our behalf and we can’t ever forget that.”
In the letter, Enzi cited long delays in cities across the country and made the case to the president for swift action to reduce the backlog.
“After a decade of war, and despite the VA’s efforts to modernize, more than 600,000 veterans are still stuck in the VA’s disability claims backlog,” the senators wrote. “Solving this problem is critical for veterans of all generations. We need direct and public involvement from you to establish a clear plan to end the backlog once and for all.”
The full text of the letter can be read here.