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BY DR. DAVID SHULKIN AND DR. KYLE SHEETZ 
As part of our commitment to those that have served, taxpayers will spend $100 billion in 2019 towards benefits programs for veterans. Costs for these programs have more than quadrupled since the year 2000. Few programs of this size and importance have received less attention from a policy perspective.

The VA’s disability compensation system is complex, cumbersome and frequently difficult to navigate. The approval process can be frustrating and slow — from obtaining copies of military service records to undergoing a comprehensive evaluation known as the Compensation and Pension examination, which is used to assign a disability rating from 0-100 percent.



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Charlotte veteran Dan Parks has been fighting with the Department of Veterans Affairs for five years to get disability benefits.
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Most Social Security recipients, including veterans, will see their monthly benefit checks rise by 2.8 percent in 2019. This raise is officially known as a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), and it has been calculated since 1975 by analyzing price changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. 
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For the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, the recent outbreak of quiet has been a reassuring thing. The agency has been wracked with drama and operating problems for too many years, 
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Approximately 16 to 17 million Americans donned a uniform in World War II to serve their country honorably and faithfully. Statistics widely vary, but approximately 400,000 warriors didn’t make it home and another 600,000 or more carried home the wounds of war.