Roseburg Navy veteran Bob Ratz, 85, injured his back as a young man, when he was serving with the Sea Bees construction battalion in Guam and in the Philippines in the 1950s. Today, he suffers spinal problems he believes are connected to those injuries.

Even though his doctors agree with him, Ratz’s efforts to convince the Department of Veterans Affairs of the connection haven’t been successful so far, and appealing its denial of his claim has been a difficult and time-consuming process. He’s been at it for two and a half years.

​The problem has garnered national attention. For the second year in a row, a group of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would overhaul the appeals process. But for now, Ratz and others like him are stuck waiting.

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    (VA) announced that, effective April 17, it has suspended revocations initiated by VA medical centers based on eligibility for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) for three weeks. More

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