This is just breaking as I first heard it a short time ago on an NPR news report at top of the hour!
Not much up on this as of a few minutes ago.
The military has agreed to expedite a review the records of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans discharged with post-traumatic stress disorder to determine whether they were improperly denied benefits.
The agreement stems from a judge’s order in a class action lawsuit originally filed by seven combat veterans who alleged the military illegally denied benefits to those discharged because of the disorder during a six-year period that ended Oct. 14, 2008.
Legal notices are currently being mailed to about 4,300 veterans informing them that they can “opt-in” to the lawsuit until July 24 to participate in the expedited review. Attorneys for the veterans estimate that millions could be paid to veterans under the agreement, with some veterans receiving hundreds or more dollars in increased monthly benefits…..>>>>>
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As it was in the courts this administration couldn’t do much, for those veterans, until the ruling came down, but did make changes to the policy for the newer returning Veterans.
One more of the previous administrations extremely wrong policies, and practices to limit for their own enrichment, to review and Erased!!
I’ll add this as well because it gives a breakdown on Veterans along with the other promises, kept even with an Obstructionist opposition, can’t call it a political party as it hasn’t shown that in a number of years.
One Year On, Veterans and More
During his inauguration, President Obama set a clear standard for how he would manage the federal bureaucracy he was inheriting.
“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified,” the newly sworn-in president told a massive crowd on the National Mall on Jan. 20, 2009. “Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end.”…..>>>>>
Administration: 66 percent complete
Defense: 16 percent complete
Ethics Reform: 34 percent complete
Government Spending: 12 percent complete
Public Service: 71 percent complete
Science and Technology: 55 percent complete
Veterans: 62 percent complete
And the Veterans promises haven’t even had a full year in correction and covering what wasn’t done while waging two occupations, as the other promises also.