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VA office excluding veterans from disability program, group says
VA office excluding veterans from disability program, group says

A senior official of the American Legion, working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce its disability claims backlog, told Congress her organization had encountered an "obstructionist attitude" in the VA's underperforming Baltimore office. Verna Jones, director of the Legion's Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division, told a House subcommittee this week that VA officials in Baltimore were "aggressively excluding" Maryland servicemen and -women from a program that was designed to fast-track their claims. Michael Scheibel, director of the beleaguered Baltimore regional office, acknowledged Thursday that claims for five veterans had been...

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