Roughly 1 In 3 Vets In VA Backlog Have Already Died

According to an internal report from the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans in the … Continued

Roughly 1 In 3 Vets In VA Backlog Have Already Died

According to an internal report from the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans in the pending backlog for health care through the VA have already died. The report was provided to the Huffington Post by Scott Davis, a program specialist with the VA’s Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta.

Though the number is large, some of the applicants may have died years ago — the VA has no mechanism to purge the list of dead applicants. However, that’s less than reassuring, as it indicates some glaring inconsistencies in the way that records are kept at the VA, and presents an inaccurate count of its backlog numbers, overstating the number of living applicants.

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