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Thousands of Student Veterans Underpaid in GI Bill Benefits for Months

The Department of Veterans Affairs, facing backlash, said it's because a 50-year-old computer system is used to process payments.

Veterans attempting to pursue an education received checks used for tuition and housing late because —in 2018 — the Department of Veterans Affairs said it's still using a 50-year-old computer system, and problems arose when attempting to add new commands. Yet, the agency wasn't willing to retroactively pay veterans — until it faced backlash.

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The nominee to chair the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, is a Confederate descendent who defended the actions of bigots such as Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms. A top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Wilkie is looking to replace David Shulkin as chair of the VA. His past views have raised some concerns, notably from Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, who thinks he needs to show "he is loyal to veterans and not a partisan agenda."

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