Armed Services & Veterans’ Affairs

A government still stuck in the 20th century is trying to meet the demands of today’s new generation of veterans. Despite enormous efforts over the last 10 years, too many veterans are still waiting too long for decisions on their disability claims; at the end of 2014, more than 242,000 veterans were stuck in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) backlog. Roughly 60 percent of new veterans are enrolled in VA care and those that are, often face long wait times for appointments. Others are simply lost in the cracks—between the the Department of Defense (DoD) and the VA, or between state, local, nonprofit and private services.