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July 6, 2013 12:00 AM

Ex-VA leader decries explosion of service-connected ailments

Those criticizing the Department of Veterans Affairs for its enormous backlog of disability claims are ignoring how recent laws and politics have turned VA into something Abraham Lincoln never envisioned: a fount of billions of dollars in payments for ailments likely caused by aging rather than military service, says former VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi.

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