Many in Michigan are waiting as long as 18 months for much-needed financial reimbursement of medical expenses. These are medical benefits they were promised by the U.S. government when enlisting to serve our country.
Many factors come into play when it comes to explaining the ridiculously long wait times — a combination of soldiers returning home, aging vets, widows filing claims, job losses and a surge of applicants now eligible due to newly added conditions.
There are ways to speed up the process. It involves the veteran doing most of the work him or herself for the claim, shaving up to a year off the processing time.
There’s also talk of a new virtual file program in the works that will help expedite the process.
The veterans shouldn’t have to jump through the hoops. They’ve done their part. They’ve served our country. Now it’s our duty to take care of them.
They deserve better from our government. They were promised these benefits, and have earned them. It’s downright embarrassing that they have to wait so long while watching government spend money so very freely elsewhere.
U.S. veterans put their lives on the line for all of us, sacrificing their own health and well-being. Let’s hope in the future the federal government is able to deliver their benefits as swiftly as they can deploy troops.
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