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Mikulski faults VA for errors — 40 years too late

2:15 PM EST, February 25, 2013

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After reading your recent article on efforts to reduce errors on disability claims by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, I find it sad but also somewhat amusing that Sen. Barbara Mikulski is making such a fuss about bringing better care to veterans in Baltimore ("The battle for Baltimore," Feb. 20).

Senator Mikulski has been a career politician for more than 40 years, and she is now one of the most powerful members of Congress because of her seniority. Where was she all the time the VA was experiencing its nightmarish performance problems?

What's more, where has Sen. Ben Cardin been? And Congressmen Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger?

It appears to me that very little was actually being done to help our veterans until The Sun exposed the deficiencies at the VA. Where were all the grandiose statements from Ms. Mikulski and others before that happened?

Ralph Jaffe

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