GULF WAR ILLNESS: Waco VA office denies 92% of veteran benefit claims

Department of Veterans Affairs benefits officials in Waco have denied a whopping 92 percent of claims related to Gulf War Illness, giving Central Texas veterans one of the highest denial rates in the nation, according to data in a recent U.S.
Government Accountability Office report.

The report found serious and persistent problems with how the VA handles the complicated Gulf War benefits claims, ranging from poorly trained examiners to inconsistent methods of handling claims in different regions of the country. For example, in the continental United States denial rates ranged from 47 percent in Boston to 95 percent in Roanoke, Virginia, according to an analysis by the advocacy group Veterans For Common Sense.


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