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VA secretary wants to end backlog by 2015

WASHINGTON — Although the number of veterans’ disability claims keeps soaring, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said on Sunday that he is committed to ending the backlog by 2015 by replacing paper with electronic records.

Veterans receive disability compensation for injuries or illness incurred during their active military service. About 600,000 claims, or 70 percent, are considered backlogged. The number of claims pending for more than 125 days has nearly quadrupled under Shinseki’s watch.

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