Military Faulted for Poor Handling of Medical Records

Posted August 4, 2014 at 9:10am

“The Army, Navy and Air Force share some of the blame for why veterans wait so long to get compensated for wounds, injuries or illnesses they suffer while serving in uniform, according to a Pentagon Inspector General audit released this week,” USA Today reports.  

“It is the job of the Department of Veterans Affairs to process about 1 million compensation claims filed each year by former service members. But even before that work can begin, the VA must receive from the military branches each veteran’s medical records.”  

“Auditors found that particularly the Army and Navy take too long and are too sloppy about gathering those records and sending them to the VA.”