Department Of Veterans Affairs
Shortly after U.S. Army Scout Steve Blackman retired from the service, he says he slipped into depression. After seven years in the military, Blackman has PTSD. Then Blackman says it took the Veterans Administration (VA) more than two years to pay him full disability benefits.
Nearly 24 hours into the government shut down some North Texans told CBS 11 it’s not anger they feel, it’s hurt. Now those who have been fighting for more benefits, in some cases for years, are stuck waiting again.
The CBS 11 I-Team has learned about an internal memo that shows the North Texas Veterans Affairs built up a backlog of more than 36,000 health consultations.
A McKinney military veteran has waited nearly a year for the Department of Veterans Affairs to act on her disability claim while facing eviction notices from the landlord of her McKinney apartment complex.
Two members of Congress said their public oversight visit to the VA North Texas System Friday, only came after extensive work trying to quietly handle complaints behind closed doors.
Texas will help process thousands of backlogged federal disability claims at Department of Veterans Affairs regional offices in Houston and Waco.