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SHERIDAN – Local veterans had a question-and-answer session with Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, Tuesday at the Sheridan Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 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 bill that may help reduce the backlog in the processing of veterans’ benefits.

He told veterans that he has a staff member dedicated to answering veterans questions, and he encouraged the military veterans 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.