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Rep. Jerry McNerney seeks end to backlog of veterans’ claims

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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:00 am

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, has again asked federal authorities to reduce what he described as a "severe backlog" of claims made by veterans.

McNerney previously wrote about the long backlog at the Veterans Administration office in Oakland, the nearest office to the Lodi area. Some improvements have been made to the Oakland regional office, but it took a lot of pressure from McNerney, said Lauren Smith, McNerney's deputy chief of staff.

However, McNerney is looking to reduce the backlog at VA offices throughout the country, Smith said.

McNerney and 34 other members of Congress sent a letter to the Nonmilitary Construction Subcommittee, Veterans Affairs and related agencies of the House Appropriations Committee. They are asking the VA to identify all regional offices with the average number of days pending for disability claims in excess of 200 days, and to report to Congress within 30 days of the close of each fiscal quarter on what has caused the backlogs and what steps are being taken to reduce them.

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