St. Petersburg VA Among Nation’s Worst for Wait Times
A U.S. Senate report earlier this year identified the St. Petersburg Veterans Administration location as one of the slowest in the country when it comes to processing disability and compensation claims in a timely manner. According to the report, local veterans face an average wait time of 231 days, which makes the St. Petersburg regional office the 10th slowest in the country.
This is merely the latest bad news for the VA, which has been impacted by bad publicity resulting from reporting on long wait times, falsified documents and the allegation that numerous veterans have died while awaiting care. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki ultimately resigned in the wake of the agency’s ongoing scandals last year.
Aging veterans at high risk
The allegations of wait times resulting in the eventual deaths of military veterans is particularly alarming when you consider that many of these veterans are older, and thus likely in need of urgent medical care. Just as aging baby boomers are putting a strain on the U.S. healthcare system overall, aging Vietnam War veterans are contributing to the heightened demand for care from the Veterans Administration.
Military veterans are entitled to or eligible for a broad range of benefits related to healthcare, housing, education and job training and disability benefits, and these benefits are directly related to not just the amount of time they served, but also the time period in which they served. The lengthy conflict in Vietnam saw about 9.2 million people serve in the American armed forces, an estimated 75 percent of whom are still alive. Given the number of aging veterans served by the VA system, the concern prompted by recent revelations should come as little surprise.
Receiving the benefits to which you’re entitled as a military veteran can be a time-consuming and confusing process, so consult the dedicated Florida attorneys at the Charles Law Offices for the sound legal guidance you need and deserve.