HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- In Hartford Thursday, Senator Richard Blumenthal was trying to help those who have served in the nation's military.
During a roundtable discussion, veterans told the senator the backlog of disability claims in Washington is climbing too high, leaving some disabled vets vulnerable to more hardships.
Proud of his service, yet Vietnam Vet Mikell Kiersey feels forgotten, saying it takes too long to get care.
"It had taken me three years to get a broken tooth fixed," said Kiersey.
Daniel Adams, of Milford, says returning home after two tours in Afghanistan, he waited two years for a disability claim to be processed and approved.
"It's almost a feeling of abandonment, but with a flood of soldiers coming back now, I think it was just a poor planning on their part," said Adams.
Both vets among those meeting Thursday with U S Senator Richard Blumenthal to voice their frustrations.
The democratic senator says the backlog of disability claims leads to delays, resulting in veterans losing jobs, even homes while waiting for decisions.
He says efforts to improve the process are also stalled.
"They are responding but not well enough," said Blumenthal.
"They basically deny everything they can. It's hard to get anything done through the VA," said Kiersey.
Senator Blumenthal is planning to draft an amdendment to try and get the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs to share files, hoping that will speed up the process.
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