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New Process to Declare Veteran Disability Met With Backlash

Sometimes when a member of the military returns home from a bad slip and fall or battle injury they are unable to find a steady job. Some injuries can be debilitating. That is why our government set up a veteran disability program which allows them to receive benefits. 

This program originally just required veterans to write down their ailments and the reason for their inability to be employed in Utah or anywhere else. After that, it was just a matter of getting the claim approved.

Now, however, the Department of Veterans Affairs changed the claim to require a formal application in Utah and everywhere else. Many argue that this new requirement could affect the ability of disabled veterans to apply for benefits. Two lawsuits have already been filed against the department.

One of the people filing a lawsuit, Jim Marszalek, the Director of The Disabled American Veterans National Service, said that, “To me, it discourages people from using the system; it creates roadblocks.”

These new standardized forms are online and much more complicated than the scrap of paper process used before. Those who have had damaging slip and fall accidents in battle or any other type of life-altering accident from war, feel the injustice of this new law and are fighting against it.

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