Department of Veterans Affairs clears 2,800 backlogged Ohio disability claims

CLEVELAND - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it has completed nearly 2,800 disability compensation claims for Ohio veterans who had waited more than two years as the agency deals with a backlog of claims.

The VA says the nationwide backlog had been reduced by about 65,000 claims in recent months through extra efforts to speed up decisions for veterans who had been waiting at least a year for decisions on their claims.

The head of the VA's Cleveland regional office says workers have been putting in long hours and now will turn their attention to claims pending for at least a year and try to address some remaining older claims.

The VA is aiming to clear a national backlog of hundreds of thousands of claims by the end of 2015.

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