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Benefits claiming process slows for local veterans

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Updated: 10/08/2013 10:57 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.(WOKV) -- A top city leader tells WOKV News that the partial federal government shutdown is slowing down services for local veterans in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.

"Veterans don't deserve this ... and their family members," said Retired Rear Admiral Victor Guillory, director of Jacksonville's Department of Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services.

Guillory said the federal Department of Veterans Affairs are still receiving initial benefits claims, but right now they are not accepting appeals.

"So it means longer wait times for our veterans and eligible family members," he said.

On Tuesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs furloughed 7,000 employees at the Veterans Benefits Administration in addition to closing regional offices.

Guillory says the city's ability to submit claims paperwork and get a quick response is "slowly falling by the wayside."

"When we have the tough questions, or we need to get a specific answer, the ability to have someone on the other side answer the phone that's competent and at work is the problem we're having right now," Guillory said.
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Realchange - 10/9/2013 10:07 AM
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I forgot to mention when they cheat veterans of disability by the letter of the LAW they say they are just doing their jobs. Funny how that works out poisoned veterans being cheated of disability that could prove their cases are supposed feel sympathy with workers who have more in league with Nazi concentration camp guards (who also where just doing their jobs) than American citizens.

Realchange - 10/9/2013 10:06 AM
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VA is not interested in justice for veterans it never has been. Atomic testing veterans, Agent orange veterans, Project Shad Veterans, and Desert Storm veteran all have been politically cheated by the VA who uses propaganda to pretend to be just and caring. I served in Desert Storm in US Navy have Gulf War Illness the VA's defense for why I should not be service connected? I am not really Desert Storm veteran the laws that apply to 300k other desert storm veterans do not apply to me. When I ask for a jury trial they have hard laugh about that. What does Bill Nelson think ? He thinks the same that most but not all veterans should be been given the benefit of the doubt. Veterans who served in Turkey, Israel and off the coast of Israel cannot be sick when they are. Veterans who served in the US were preparing for deployment and became cannot be sick when they are. So when you talk about how the VA helps veterans that's farce propaganda. Any group tells you otherwise I have the paperwork and documentation to prove it in my case. You can easily look up other cases where the VA tried to cheat Navy veterans even going along with President Bush to deny Agent orange poisoned Navy veterans benefits letting many them die without disability that they earned by service.
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