Two Vet Groups Bring Suit Against VA - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/21/08

Two Vet Groups Bring Suit Against VA

A major battle is brewing between those who have returned from war and the Department Of Veterans' Affairs. Two veterans' groups are bringing a class action lawsuit against the VA to trial in San Francisco. Both groups are claiming that vets don't get the care they need after serving their country.

Kasey Corbit, of Disability Rights Advocates, says, "There are approximately 120 veterans a week who are committing suicide -- and it's an unbelievable epidemic."

A recent report by a Pentagon task force said that four in ten soldiers, and half of all National Guardsmen, are returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan with mental health issues. The problem, according to the lawsuit, is that they're not getting the help they need from the VA because the demand is so great. Right now, there's a backlog of 600,000 claims for services. The average wait for that initial claim is 177 days. 

The two week trial starts Tuesday.

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