America has a moral obligation to ensure that every soldier injured or wounded while defending our country is guaranteed the help he or she needs. We can do no less for those we send into harm’s way.
At the current rate of approximately 9,000 new veteran patients and claims entering the VA medical and benefits systems each month (that’s one every 5 minutes), the group Veterans for Common Sense estimates a cumulative total of one million patients and claims by the end of 2014.
The VA denies approximately 11 percent of the nearly 1 million claims veterans file every year, forcing those veterans to enter the VA’s dreaded appellate system, which many veterans refer to as “the hamster wheel.”
Between October 1, 2007, and March 31, 2008 — a period of just six months — at least 1,467 veterans died with their appeals pending.
Stand With Vets is calling on Congress to establish a Veterans’ Trust Fund so that we will never again go to war without first recognizing the true cost of that war — beginning with the burden placed on veterans and military families.
Sign the declaration here and help pressure Congress to commit to a system of care that puts our veterans first.
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