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SHERIDAN – Local veterans had a question and answer session with Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning), Tuesday at the Sheridan VFW Post on Route 20.

Reed told the group that he co-sponsored legislation that is designed to prevent a reduction of benefits for medically retired military personnel and their families. He also talked to the veterans about the new appropriations that may help reduce the back-log in veterans benefits. He told veterans that he has a staff member dedicated to answering veterans questions and encouraged them to contact his office for help.

The consolidated appropriations bill recently passed in the House includes $140 million for information technology upgrades to help the VA meet its self-set goal of ending the disability compensation claims backlog by 2015. An additional $88 million has been designated for the Board of Veterans Appeals intended to help reduce the backlog of pending claims and $10 million in funding to train claims processors.