The Red Tape Diaries - VA Reform

  • Aired:  05/02/13
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The government designates "paper" as an enemy combatant in the ongoing war over veteran medical benefits. (4:01)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: WELL DOM-- WELCOME

TO THE DAILY SHOW, MY NAME

IS JON STEWART.

OH, WE GOT A GOOD ONE FOR

YOU TONIGHT.

OUR GUEST TONIGHT, THE HEAD

OF THE GROUP THE MISSION

CONTINUES.

A GREAT ORGANIZATION THAT

WORKS WITH VETERANS, ERIC

GREITENS WILL BE JOINING US

ON THE PROGRAM TONIGHT.

AND NO, NO, I'M NOT SICK.

HOW YOU KNOW YOU ARE AGING,

AND WEAKENING WHEN YOU COME

OUT, WHEN YOU COME OUT TO

THE AUDIENCE AND THEY ALL GO,

AH.

SPEAKING OF VETERANS, AS WE

KNOW VETERANS MUST NOW WAIT

THROUGH A BACKLOG OF NEARLY

A MILLION BENEFIT CLAIMS AT

THE VA, CLAIMS SEEN HERE

DOING THEIR IMPRESSION OF

YOUR GRANDFATHER'S GARAGE.

DON'T MOVE MY BOXES, I HAVE

A SYSTEM!

(LAUGHTER)

WELL, TONIGHT ONCE AGAIN A

PROGRESS REPORT IS YOU MAY

RECALL AS OF A COUPLE OF

MONTHS AGO THINGS LOOKED

PRETTY GRIM FOR VETERANS

AWAITSING BENEFIT, FOR NOW

WE GO TO OUR CORRESPONDENT

BRIAN WILLIAMS.

>> AFTER TWO WARS IN WHICH

THEY WERE ASKED TO SACRIFICE

SO MUCH FOR THEIR COUNTRY,

MANY VETERANS ARE NOW

RETURNING HOME TO WAIT YEARS

FOR THE BENEFITS THEY WERE

PROMISED.

ALMOST A MILLION AMERICAN

VETERANS ARE WAITING FOR

CLAIMS.

>> Jon: THANKS, BRIAN.

SEE YOU SOON.

WELL-- I DON'T THINK WE HAVE

TO PAY HIM FOR THAT, DO WE?

WELL, FOLKS, GOOD NEWS.

THE VETERAN'S AFFAIRS

DEPARTMENT IS NOW

WITHHOLDING BONUSES FOR

SENIOR OFFICIALS OVERSEEING

DISABILITY CLAIMS.

>> Jon: THEY HAVEN'T DONE

REALLY MUCH ABOUT THE

BACKLOG OF CLAIMS BUT THEY

HAVE STOPPED GIVING BONUSES

TO THE PEOPLE WHO CREATED

IT.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING.

I MEANS THAT'S GOT TO SUCK

THOUGH, FOR THOSE GUYS NOT

GET THEIR BONUSES.

I MEAN TO HAVE THE

GOVERNMENT PROMISE YOU A

BENEFIT AND YOU KNOW, NOT

DELIVER IT, WELL-- I CAN'T

IMAGINE ANYONE ELSE EVEN

KNOWS WHAT THAT MUST FEEL

LIKE.

TO BE FAIR, THE VA IS NOT

JUST WITHHOLDING BONUSES,

THEY'RE ALSO TAKING STEPS TO

FIX THINGS.

EVENTUALLY.

>> WE ARE REVOLVED TO

ELIMINATE THE CLAIMS BACKLOG

OF 2015, NOT JUST REDUCE IT,

END IT.

WHEN CLAIMS WILL BE

PROCESSED AT 125 DAYS OR

LESS.

>> Jon: THERE YOU HAVE IT,

IN ONLY TWO MORE YEARS,

THEY'RE HOPING TO HAVE YOU

WAIT ONLY FOUR MORE MONTHS.

HOW WILL THEY DO IT?

WELL, THEY HAVEN'T FULLY

COMPUTERIZED THEIR RECORDS

BUT THEY HAVE COMPUTERIZED

THEIR PLAN TO COMPUTERIZE

THEIR RECORD IN THE FORM OF

THIS POWER POINT

PRESENTATION ABOUT THE

BACKLOG OF CLAIMS, INCLUDING

THIS SOMEWHAT ALARMING SLIDE

READING THE ENEMY IS PAPER.

SEE, THAT'S WHAT IS

HAPPENING?

DON'T YOU PEOPLE GET IT?

(APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: DON'T YOU SEE WHAT

THE PROBLEM IS?

PAPER HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS

AN ENEMY COMBATANT.

(LAUGHTER)

THEREFORE THESE RECORDS CAN

NOW BE HELD FOR INDEFINITE

PERIODS IN A KIND OF

BUREAUCRATIC BLACK SITE

LIMBO.

A KIND OF PAPER GITMO.

(LAUGHTER)

WHICH BY THE WAY IS THE

LEAST POPULAR PAPER DOLL

BOOK EVER.

(LAUGHTER)

AT THIS POINT-- YES, YOU CAN

GET THAT AT YOUR

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