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VETERANS GROUPS UPSET ABOUT BENEFITS REVIEW

VETERANS GROUPS UPSET ABOUT BENEFITS REVIEW

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Disclosure that the Veterans Affairs Department is reviewing its $12 billion benefits program has caused more scrambling than a battle alert among veterans advocates.

The ``enemy' - real or imagined - won't be known until the VA issues its proposals in the next six weeks. Still, veterans groups are upset because the VA began the review without telling them and didn't announce it until the Disabled American Veterans obtained internal VA documents and revealed their existence at a congressional hearing Feb. 27.The American Legion says the disclosure has set back relations with veterans service organizations that had begun to improve with the elevation last year of the VA to cabinet level.

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