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Besides our giving thanks, there are veteran concerns in my Area and others. Here is a News Story that I'd like to bring to your attention.
I hope you add veteran concerns in your area as well, and it's highly possible that they are the same or related!
Publicity too, is important to help, by focusing on their problems! Then writing to your Congressmen & Senators for action, or helping more directly. This story came to light on the TV Station "Bay News 9". Shelby
Veteran still waiting for Post-9/11 GI Bill money
When Bay News 9 spoke with Keyland Howard last week, he could barely pay his bills. Howard is seen here with his two children.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY (Bay News 9) -- Wednesday was Keyland Howard's first official Veterans Day with his family, but the Marine sergeant feels slighted.
Howard has been in a battle to get his Post-9/11 GI Bill money for more than 3 months. He was supposed to get it weeks ago.
"I call them every day, constantly asking different questions," Howard said.
When Bay News 9 spoke with Howard last week, he could barely pay his bills.
"We just get the essentials: milk, eggs, certain things you can use for lunch and dinner -- noodles are always good," he said.
But the situation has gotten worse. They just got an eviction notice.
"We always keep the hope, then all the sudden we get a notice on our door," said his wife, Jessica.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs knows there's a problem. Their system can't keep up with the thousands and thousands of claims.
"There shouldn't be that problem. They're doing it manually," Howard said. "That's backdated, come on."
Howard thinks he may get his check next week. In the meantime his in-laws loaned him money for living expenses.
"It's hard for me to try to be the man and try to take care of my family when we have to ask family members for help," he said. "So that would've been my last option."
Workers say the VA is looking to hire more people to process the claims. It takes about an hour to process each claim, and there are at least 40,000 claims that still need attention.