Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Veterans Disability Claims not Being Processed

Back in May, CNN had a story about the VA not processing disability claims.  They found 16,000 unopened pieces of mail at a VA facility, and 132 claims that were shredded and never opened.  This type of news saddens me and frustrates me, as I am one of thousands waiting for my disability claim to go through.  At this point I have been waiting 14 months for my claim to go through, and I cannot find anybody to talk to to find out why.  When I try to call the 800 number either the automated message tells me that my call cannot go through at this point in time, or they tell me that it will be a 15 minute wait to talk with somebody.  When I do talk with somebody, they tell me what I have been told for the past 6 months, which is that I just have to wait for the claim to go through.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Veterans with Disabilities Struggling

One thing that I have come to realize over the past few years is that it is difficult to get a job as a veteran with a disability.  When I got out of the Army five years ago, I did not have a college degree, and my only work experience was working in the back room of a Best Buy.  I could not go back to that job because of the physical requirements, and it has been very hard to find a job that I could enjoy that I could also physically do.  I have a lot of skills that I can put to good use, but in today's market most jobs require a degree, or are too physically demanding for many with physical disabilities.