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Peters office helps veterans get hands on benefits

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Months come to an end without San Diego veterans getting their disabled veteran benefits and job training benefits. Benefits the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs guarantees for servicemembers.

First time COngressmember, Rep. Scott Peters (D-SAn Diego), keeps his office at work on giving veterans the benefits "we promised them." Overdue benefits hold back financial security for a large number of San Diegans. San DIego, one of the nation's military retirement homelands, has one of the largest number of veterans who earned a secure retirement in the military. The representative's office reported in July, work with veterans in Peters' 52nd District settled 1,000 veterans' late payments, amounting to 750,000 dollars in owed benefits.

“One of the most important jobs I have as a Member of Congress is to help my constituents break through the bureaucratic log-jam of government red-tape to get the answers they’re looking for and the benefits they are due,” Rep. Peters said. “The message I want to get across today is that these services are available to you. These are your tax dollars at work for you! If you feel like you’re not able to navigate the complex federal bureaucracy, my office is here to help. Between backlogged benefits, immigration, visa, and passport help, and veterans claims, we are here working for you.”

Work on guaranteeing veterans stay financially secure during retirement has kept Peters busy during his short time in office. In Washington, DC, he asked Congress to pass a bill to set up annual cost-of-living adjustments for veterans' disability compensation payments.

Veterans benefits payments have stayed steadily backlogged during the Obama administration. Peters has coauthored a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to step in, and, take action to fix the problem handling the thousands of outstanding claims on time.

Here, in San Diego, the district office staff helps veteran constituents make sure the Department of Veterans Affair does not end up doing nothing to get owed money into a veteran's hands.

Disabled benefits are tax-free monthly payments. Veterans Affairs pays benefits to veterans who took up a disease or injury, or aggravated a health conditiion, during active military service. The veteran must be at least 10 percent disabled. Unable to do regular work. More disabled veterans ar epaid higher disability payments, covering up to a 100 percent disability.

Former servicemembers claiming benefits suffered the harm to their health during active duty, or, training.

The benefits that help veterans keep in step with civilian career goals also keep Peters at work on securing promised benefits for his constituents. Job training benefits help veteran gain new employment. Paying for training that can rehabilitate their career work skills.

Veterans looking ahead to better recovery days submit claims for VA benefits they can use to refinance a home loan. Work on helping veterans not forfeit their benefits stays ongoing.

THis is an On The Watch Take.