Obama pledges speedier service for veterans in Florida stop

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Addressing a gathering of the Disabled American Veterans group, President Barack Obama promised faster attention to a backlog of veterans' disability claims and announced a new mental health initiative during a stop in Florida before beginning a week-long vacation. He highlighted progress in reducing a huge number of outstanding veterans' disability claims; the backlog has decreased by 20 percent The first summer vacation of President Barack Obama's second term is taking him back to Martha's Vineyard, the well-heeled Massachusetts island he avoided during last year's re-election campaign. Responding to critics, President Barack Obama promised on to work with Congress on "appropriate reforms" for the domestic surveillance programs that have stirred criticism at home and abroad. He also said it is time to recalibrate the United States' relationship with Russia, which is harboring NSA secrets leaker Edward Snowden.

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