Apparently, the federal government failed to foresee that fighting two wars simultaneously, with historically high wound-survival rates, might produce surges of disability claims.
Just in the last year, according to a USA Today report, claims are up over 50 percent, and those taking longer than two months to resolve have more than doubled.
Tragically, Marine Clay Hunt, who was a national spokesman for disability rights and who suffered from post-traumatic stress, killed himself, ultimately frustrated that the Department of Veterans Affairs had lost his paperwork.
“I can track my pizza from Pizza Hut on my BlackBerry,” he once said, “but the VA can’t find my claim for four months.”
a long fuse
A contract security guard at Detroit’s McNamara Building (which houses the FBI and other vital federal offices) was found to have casually laid aside, for three weeks, a suspicious package that turned out to be a real bomb.
It was, eventually, safely detonated.
Let’s try to
The Census Bureau got it right this time around for Lost Springs, Wyo.
In 2000, it had missed 80 percent of the population (counting 1 instead of 5).
The new total (4) is correct, since two people subsequently died, and one moved in.
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