Syracuse Vet Weighs in on Obama’s Plan

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) – President Barack Obama unveiled a series of initiatives over the weekend to help improve benefits for veterans, specifically focusing on education and health.

Currently, one million disability claims are filed every month from vets returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan. Many return home with life-altering injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or even suicidal tendencies.

To make things worse, the government is back logged with the disability claims. Some wait anywhere from 275 days to two years before they can receive benefits, according to the Office of Veterans Affairs.

In terms of education, President Obama has partnered with 250 higher education institutions to get veterans degrees and help them get on their feet after active duty.

One local World War II veteran said he can relate to life after the military. Bob Krauss said his education was one of the most important parts. He said, “It helped me go to college because of the GI bill. It’s got to be difficult for the youngsters today, because it’s a lot more expensive to go to college.”

Krauss feels for the younger veterans and their lives outside the service. He said, “So many of these guys paid a price and they haven’t got much to show for it.”

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