Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Reps. Buchanan, Murphy Demand Action on VA Backlog

Jan 23, 2015
Press Release

St. Pete Regional over 34,000 Claims Pending


WASHINGTON — U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, and Patrick Murphy, D-FL, today sent a letter to the VA expressing deep concerns over the massive backlog at the St. Petersburg Regional Benefits Office.  As of Dec. 29, 2014, the St. Pete Office had more than 34,000 claims pending — 57 percent of which are deemed to be backlogged for more than 125 days.


"The backlog at St. Petersburg Regional is inexcusable and demands immediate attention," said Buchanan. "Veterans who risk life and limb for this country deserve all the care and respect a grateful nation can offer."


“This backlog is completely unacceptable and is preventing our veterans from receiving benefits they have earned,” stated Rep. Murphy. “Our servicemembers have risked everything for this country, and it is our duty to see that they are given the respect and support they deserve. That is why we are demanding accountability for these unacceptable delays. I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Buchanan on solutions to reduce the backlog for Florida’s veterans.”    


Florida is home to 1.5 million veterans — third most in the nation.