Franken staff holding local meetings

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Jun 19, 2013 at 6:58 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Senator Al Franken's staff will hold meetings Thursday in St. Cloud and Waite Park with veterans to get input about the expanding veterans benefit claims backlog that is forcing hundreds of thousands of returning veterans to put their lives on hold for many months while their claims are being processed.

Franken recently introduced legislation with Congressman Tim Walz to help tackle the backlog.

Today, more than a half-million veterans benefits claims are caught up in the backlog, forcing them to wait hundreds of days for their claims to be processed.

Thursday's meetings are at St. Cloud Technical and Community College at 10 am, and at the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park at 1 pm.

Franken's staff is holding some 20 similar events across Minnesota.

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