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.
This week, the American Civil Liberties Union began examining the militarization of America’s police forces by filing more than 255 public records requests in 23 states to “determine the extent to which federal funding and support has fueled the militarization of state and local police departments,” the ACLU website states.
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.
The SEAL Team 6 member who killed Osama bin Laden, identified in a story published in Esquire in cooperation with the Center for Investigative Reporting as “the Shooter,” has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of public interest and offers of support the story has generated.
A senior Veterans Affairs official said today that the agency is now better prepared to help former military personnel cope with the emotional and psychological trauma of war, but key members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee remained skeptical amid intensifying demand for mental health care.