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Funds Approved To Reduce Veteran’s Claim Backlog

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Veterans congregate for doughnuts and coffee. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Veterans congregate for doughnuts and coffee. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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(Washington, DC)  —  The Department of Veterans Affairs is getting more money to deal with its backlog of disability claims.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters nearly $300-million dollars in additional funding was provided by a continuing resolution that ended the government shutdown.

Most of the money will be used to computerize VA records and train new veterans for civilian jobs.

The VA estimates 80 percent of Nevada veterans have waited more than 125 days for their claims to be processed. That’s longer than the national average.

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