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Injured troops still waiting for claim processing

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A system designed to get wounded troops out of the military and receiving disability compensation more efficiently has failed recently to meet its goals, leaving troops lingering in the service.

Records show that some have turned down job offers and postponed college while they wait.

The Integrated Disability Evaluation System is designed to prevent the wounded from going through a medical exam and ratings process with both the military and the Veterans Affairs Department.

The goal is to get troops through in around nine months, but March figures show that goal was met in fewer than half the cases. That's according to records obtained by the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, which will address the issue Wednesday.

Last year, the Government Accountability Office said the new system was showing promise.

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