Today Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River, CA) along with a bipartisan group of Northern California Members of Congress, met with Gen. Allison A. Hickey, the Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The meeting discussed the backlog of veteran claims and inefficiencies at the Oakland VA Regional Office. The Oakland VA services almost all of Northern California and has one of the worst backlogs in the US on Veteran's claims.
"I represent a district which includes 2 former air force bases and generations of veterans. It is unfair to California veterans to have to endure much longer wait times than veterans in other states. I understand some improvements have occurred; however the larger issue with claims being backlogged must be addressed. California veterans deserve the same level of attention as veterans in other states."