Heller visits Nevada Legislature; talks veteran issues, I-11

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BY SEAN WHALEY

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Monday that wait times for Nevada veterans who have filed benefit claims with the Veterans Administration have improved significantly but remain one of the longest in the nation.

Heller, in remarks to the Nevada Legislature, said the wait time has improved from 478 days to 257 days but is still far from the 125 days that the VA has promised.

“It’s unacceptable and until the backlog is eliminated, I won’t back down,” he said.

Heller said he continues to work on the issue as a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee.

Heller said the VA also must better prepare for the rise in the number of women veterans, with 27,000 female vets residing in Nevada alone.

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