VA chief promises faster action on disability claims

Gen. Eric Shinseki, the secretary of veterans affairs, is defending his agency from charges that they are moving far too slowly to process the thousands of disability claims by veterans who were injured in the wars. The mountain of benefits claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs is a result of an outdated paper process and new levels of complexity in returning troops' cases, the agency's boss said in an interview Sunday. "No veteran should have to wait for claims. If there's anybody impatient here, I am that individual, and we're pushing hard," Gen. Eric Shinseki, the secretary of veterans affairs, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Veterans in the last four years have joined us in unprecedented numbers," Shinseki told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley, noting that while the backlog of cases had spiked in his tenure at the VA, millions of cases were still being processed. "We've put three million claims out the door," he said. "If you have an...(Read Full Post)