Obama: Progress made on disability claims backlog

President Barack Obama assured disabled veterans in Orlando that his administration is making progress on reducing a backlog of disability claims and said the number of requests for assistance has fallen by nearly one-fifth since peaking at more than 600,000 just a few months ago. 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
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