Ohio lawmakers question wait for vet benefits

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Members of Ohio's congressional delegation say military veterans are waiting too long for VA claims.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/WbSmlm ) reports that 15 of the state's members of Congress -- Democrats and Republicans -- sent a letter Monday to the leader of the Department of Veteran Affairs. They say the lengthy backlog of VA claims for veterans is "unacceptable."

The letter came after the newspaper published a story noting that Ohio veterans are waiting an average of 278 days to get claims processed. That's 16 days longer than the national average.

VA spokeswoman Meagan Lutz acknowledged that the agency received the letter Monday and will respond to congressional leaders' concerns.

Lutz said the VA is transitioning to a digital, paperless system to speed claims processing.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com