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Wounded Soldiers Wait Longer for Disability Checks

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Wounded veterans are being forced to wait longer and longer for a disability check, according to new data from the Department of Veterans Affairs information obtained by McClatchy Newspapers. According to McClatchy, veterans must wait an average of 183 days for a claim to be decided - up from 177 days a year before.

Is this surprising? Not really.

Remember, the man President Bush put in charge of processing disability claims, Veterans Benefits Administration chief Daniel Cooper recently appeared in a fundamentalist Christian video and said Bible Study was "More important than doing [my] job."

Their complaint stems from an appearance Cooper made in a fund raising video for the evangelical group Christian Embassy, which carries out missionary work among the Washington elite as part of the Campus Crusade for Christ.

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In the video, Cooper says of his Bible study, "it's not really about carving out time, it really is a matter of saying what is important. And since that's more important than doing the job -- the job's going to be there, whether I'm there or not."

Long wait times for disability checks is a leading reason veterans become homeless.

Also, be sure to check out my new story published in the Nation Magazine on efforts to improve the GI Bill.

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Pacifica radio network reporter Aaron Glantz is author of the new book "How America Lost Iraq" (Tarcher/Penguin). More information at www.warcomeshome.org

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