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Grand Forks Herald: Al Franken: Measure aims to end veterans benefits’ backlog

By Senator Al Franken:

Unfortunately, our troops’ battles don’t always end when they return home. In the past few weeks, I’ve heard from many veterans from the Grand Forks area and across the state who have returned bearing the scars of war — mental and physical disabilities incurred while protecting our freedoms.

All they expect in return for their service is that our nation keeps its promises to them.

With the end of the war in Iraq and the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, the number of disabled veterans who need care is increasing exponentially. Despite the fact that the Department of Veterans Affairs is processing more claims today than at any time in history, veterans are waiting too long to get the benefits they have earned, creating an unnecessary financial hardship for veterans and their families.

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