Though the changes have been celebrated, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Arkansas Republican Sen. John Boozman have expressed concerns because of the VA’s recent problems.
Long wait times became the subject of a 2014 scandal and more recently the VA has been scrutinized for overpaying benefits to veterans and then demanding those bets pay them back thousands of dollars. The two senators introduced a bill recently to try to prevent such problems from occurring with the expansion of GI benefits.
» RELATED:Fairborn vet one of thousands pushed into debt by VA mistake
This news organization has reached out to the offices of both Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown for comment on the expansion of post-9/11 benefits and VA issues.
Though concern from past VA problems linger, they may be avoided this time, said Amanda Watkins, associate director of Wright State University’s Veteran and Military Center. The incremental roll out of GI Bill changes was likely done on purpose so the agency could avoid issues that plagued it in the past, Watkins said.
“I think that they’re looking at it a little bit wiser now and giving themselves time to update systems and train staff,” Watkins said.
FIVE FAST READS
• Bill’s Donut Shop closed: Where to get your fix in the mean time
• WSU board chairman cautions university, ‘keep eyes on the road’
• Area security firm files $50K lawsuit against Wilberforce University
• Ohio public university presidents fight for more funding at Statehouse
• Algae plaguing Ohio lakes could force Kasich to take executive action
THANKS FOR READING
The Dayton Daily News is committed to bringing you independent, in-depth local stories. Help support our journalism by signing up for a print or digital subscription.