400,000 veterans waiting for health-care claims – and Obama pledges to fix it

But vets waiting for claims to be processed isn’t new – it’s been happening for a while, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said.

“When a veteran is denied health care, we’re all dishonored,” he said Saturday to a crowd of about 300 in northern Iowa. “We need a new sense of urgency in this country.”

With the war in Iraq being such a hot campaign topic, it seems that Obama is attempting to kill two birds with one stone. Opposed to the war from the beginning, the senator, a member of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee, now vows that if he is elected president, he will make some badly needed changes to veteran health care.

“We’ll stand for veterans in their hour of need just as they have stood up for us.”

Proposed changes to veteran health care

  • Hiring more workers to handle veterans’ medical claims in order to thwart the prolonged processing delays
  • Converting veterans’ medical records into electronic form so they are more easily and quickly accessed
  • Making improvements to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center a priority
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