U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) says help is on the way for veterans waiting for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to process their disability claims.

Kirk says the backlog has grown, saying veterans are waiting up to 534 days for their claims to be processed.

“That’s the bad news,” Kirk said. “The good news is buried in the VA appropriations bill, of which I’m the lead Senate Republican, we have all of Chairman Tim Johnson’s 10 points to eliminate this backlog.”

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Johnson, a South Dakota Democrat who chairs the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, partnered with Kirk on those points. The proposal includes hiring more claims agents, improving training programs, and upgrading VA computers. 

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