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Aug 18, 2011 8:18 AM by Kate Richards

Vets in limbo with new system

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of wounded, sick and injured troops are stuck in limbo. Many are waiting to be discharged as long as two years after being injured under a new system that was supposed to simplify the separation process while the government determines what benefits they are owed.

Under the old system, a medical board would determine the level of military compensation and the service member would be discharged. Then, the veteran would have to essentially go through the process again with the Veterans Affairs Department.

Under a new system being rolled out at military bases, the service member essentially goes through both disability evaluation systems at the same time before leaving the military. But the new system remains cumbersome.

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