Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Obama needs to personally address the backlog of disability claims handled by the Veterans Affairs Department. McConnell made the remarks at a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Louisville.
"Let me tell you the size of this problem is a national disgrace," McConnell said.
The Kentucky Republican told convention-goers Monday the problem demands attention from the top of the command chain. The VA pays disability benefits to veterans who are injured or become ill as a result of their active service, but as of late March, about 70 percent of claims were pending longer than 125 days.