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VA Disability Claims Continue To Pour In

Despite efforts by the Obama administration to direct additional resources to help meet the disability benefits and treatment needs of veterans, the problems continue to grow.  

The Associated Press: Fact Check: Disability Claims Still Growing At VA
President Barack Obama paints an encouraging picture of the additional resources his administration has poured into helping veterans get disability benefits and mental health treatment. But he glosses over just how much those problems have grown during his time in office (Freking, 7/24).

In related news --

St. Louis Beacon:  Mental-Health Workers Answer Call To Provide Free Services To Vets And Families
St. Louis therapist Charli Prather believes she has found a meaningful way to serve her country: She's signed up with the national nonprofit Give An Hour, a network of mental-health professionals who offer confidential services, free of charge, to veterans, current members of the U.S. military and their loved ones (Leonard, 7/23).

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