Barack Obama made campaign promises:

No veteran should have to fill out a 23-page claim to get care, or wait months - even years - to get an appointment at the VA. [...] As president, I won't stand for hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting for benefits. We'll hire additional claims workers. We'll bring together veterans groups and the VA to work out a claims process that is fair and fast.

Is the claims backlog better or worse since Obama became president?

Is the average wait time to get an appointment better or worse?

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Is the claims backlog better or worse since Obama became president?

The backlog has been a problem since the late 90s and (on average) growing ever since. As such, it's worse now than it was when Obama first became president. Chart taken from here: http://www.casey.senate.gov/download/va-backlog-march-2014-report

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As the report states, the spike starting in 2010 is largely due to the drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In terms of Obama's promise, Politifact has given it a status of 'stalled': http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/112/make-the-veterans-administration-a-national-leader/

  • What about average wait time to get an appointment?
    – user1873
    Jul 1, 2014 at 17:34
  • @user1873 I don't know, but would assume that's directly related to the backlog (if the backlog is larger, one would assume the wait is as well).
    – user1530
    Jul 1, 2014 at 17:35

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