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With Congress in Recess, Veterans Keep Pressure on White House

August 19, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On April 15, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) launched a White House petition calling on the President to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims backlog, relieve VA Secretary Shinseki, and reform the way VA does business. On August 20(th)–125 days after the launch and with more than 26,000 signatures–CVA will hand deliver this petition directly to the White House.

Delivering this petition 125 days after the launch of this effort is intentional; that’s how long it takes for a VA claim to be considered “backlogged.” There are still 500,000 veterans waiting in the disability claims backlog, and this is unacceptable. CVA is keeping the heat on and will ensure the voices of veterans are heard.

    WHO:                             Pete Hegseth, CEO of CVA
                                     and veterans from across
                                     the country

    DATE:                           Tuesday, August 20th 2013

    TIME:                           10:30am ET

    LOCATION:                        Southeast quadrant of
                                     Lafayette Square
                                     (Directly north of the
                                     White House on H Street
                                     between 15th and 17th
                                     Streets, NW)

President Obama and VA Secretary Shinseki both vowed to fix the VA disability claims backlog. Instead, despite some minor recent improvements, it has increased nearly 2,000% under this administration. It is time for the White House and the VA to stop making excuse, hold people accountable, and start delivering immediate results.

For more information or to interview Pete Hegseth, CEO of CVA, please contact Kate Pomeroy
at 703-638-3927 or via e-mail at

Concerned Veterans for America is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization that advocates for policies that will preserve the freedom and liberty we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.

Contact: Kate Pomeroy | 703-638-3927

SOURCE Concerned Veterans for America

Source: PR Newswire