840,898 vets waiting for VA benefits
As of June 15, 2013, 840,898 veterans are waiting for their VA disability benefits. 554,105 are officially backlogged - meaning they are waiting over 125 days. According to a recent report, the average wait time in larger cities can be over 600 days.
In Reno it is 681 days. New York is 642 days. New Orleans is 490 days. Houston is 586 days. The list goes on. This is unacceptable. So we are calling upon our members, supporters, friends and the American public to make Washington #EndTheVABacklog. Click here to see solutions we have set out and join nearly 50,000 others and sign the petition now!
Making an Impact
Storm the Hill 2013 kicked off our push to #EndTheVABacklog. From March 16-22, IAVA's membership converged on Washington, D.C. and met with national leaders to #EndTheVABacklog. From high-profile press conferences on Capitol Hill with Congressional leadership to meetings at the White House, Pentagon and VA to testifying before Congress on ending the backlog, IAVA members and staff are busy keeping these issues a top priority in Washington and beyond.
We have also kept the pressure up through a major media presence. Regardless of where you get your news, you have likely seen IAVA spokespeople raising awareness around the backlog. Since March, we've been on Morning Joe, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, FOX News, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Daily Show, PBS NewsHour, The Los Angeles Times and much more. Check out the full wrap up here! Also, make sure to check out IAVA member Zach McIlwain on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper below.