On Veterans Day, recognition for service

Lynn Callaway, an Air Force veteran whose seven-year fight to receive disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs was described in an article Sunday in The Washington Post, has received her back pay from the government.

Mourners on Veteran’s Day. (Michael Reynolds/EPA)

The check arrived this weekend at her home in Springfield. “I . . . plan to buy health insurance this week so that I can get better assistance than what I have received at the VA,” Callaway said Sunday.

After the Post inquired about her case last week, the VA contacted Callaway to inform her the case had been resolved and that she would receive pay for service-connected fibromyalgia. On Sunday, President Obama marked Veterans Day by laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.

“No one who fights for this country overseas should ever have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they have earned when they come home,” Obama said in his remarks.

As of Nov. 3, 896,409 veterans were waiting to have their claims decided by the VA, including 66 percent who have had their claims pending longer than 125 days. VA officials vow that reforms and technological improvements will eliminate the backlog by 2015.

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