The Department of Veterans Affairs tracks and widely reports the average wait time for benefits: 273 days. But internal data indicate that veterans filing their first claim, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, wait nearly two months longer.
The I Files pays homage to the Academy Awards this week, bringing you excerpts from this year’s nominated documentaries. We’re also featuring clips from memorable past winners, as well as two documentaries that tell the real-life stories dramatized in two of this year’s most talked about Best Picture contenders.
We are proud to write today that the Center for Investigative Reporting’s California Watch has won the George Polk Award for our series exposing flaws in the way a special state police force handles crimes against the developmentally disabled.
Despite the VA’s pledge to improve, more veterans are waiting longer than four months for an answer on compensation claims for conditions as serious as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
California’s largest full-time care center for the severely disabled needs more staff and accountability to correct major internal breakdowns that led to dozens of cases of alleged patient abuse, staff members said Wednesday at a public forum.