Disabled troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan face an unexpected battle: the Department of Veterans Affairs’ growing stack of disability benefit claims, leading to processing delays of six months or more. The Center for Investigative Reporting has put together an interactive map with revealing data from VA offices across the nation, including Des Moines, that show you those wait times and the increasing demand on the VA for services.

The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit news organization and part of the Center for Investigative Reporting, which also is nonprofit, has this in-depth story.

Are you an Iowa veteran waiting to receive benefit claims at the Des Moines VA Regional Office? Let us know your experiences. Contact: lyle-muller@iowawatch.org

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