Study Shows Handling of Veterans Affairs is Uneven

The government could be shortchanging some injured veterans in their disability pay.

An internal study launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs concludes the handling of cases is uneven, depending on where vets live.

The 50-page report found average annual disability payments swing widely from state to state. The lowest was $7,500 in Ohio. The highest was more than $12,000 in New Mexico.

The V.A. blames demographic factors beyond its control, including whether a state has more vietnam veterans and whether a veteran had legal help when making a claim. But the study finds that roughly one-third of the problems can be blamed on poor V.A. standards and inadequate training.