Stewart: Veterans Administration's Backlog of 900,000 Claims is 'F***ing Criminal'
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On last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart took on America’s horrendously inefficient Veterans Administration program. He played news clips showing that the number of vets waiting more than a year for veterans benefits increased from 11,000 in 2009 to 245,000 in 2012—a more than 2000 percent increase.
“That is fucking criminal,” Stewart said, “McDonalds handles 10 times that number of customers in an hour. And may I remind you, they’re run by a clown.”
Stewart then broke down the government’s excuses for sluggish processing. For one, the Department of Defense and the VA use different, incompatible systems. And that’s compounded by the revelation that 90 percent of VA claims are on paper.
“I’m a 50-year-old man who still orders his cassette tapes from Columbia House, and I don’t even use paper,” Stewart observed, “Today I read a magazine, paid my bills, found a recipe for chicken cordon bleu, and wiped my ass, all without using paper.”
Stewart concluded his segment by contrasting the United States’ overblown defense department with the lack of care our nation gives to our men and women who wore uniform.
“If we’re smart and technologically savvy enough to create flying, unmanned robots with 1.8 gigapixels camera than can spot enemy acne from 10 miles away,” Stewart said, “We should be able to cook up a network spreadsheet program that know which leg a soldier lost, without them having to come in and fill out a person-to-person leg surveillance.”