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Romney Aide: "The Dysfunction In The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Program Is Inexcusable"

Says the Department of Veterans Affairs' backlogs are part of a broader picture of Obama Administration failures.

Posted on March 8, 2012, at 10:59 a.m. ET

Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign sharply criticized Barack Obama over his administration's failure to deliver promised benefits to thousands of student veterans.

BuzzFeed reported this morning that tens of thousands of student veterans face debt and foreclosure because of bureaucratic delays at the Veterans Administration.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an email:

The dysfunction in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill program is inexcusable and part of a broader pattern of President Obama failing our veterans. He is raising health care costs on veterans, has quadrupled the number of veterans who have to wait months on end to receive their benefits, and created a jobs environment that has put a staggering 20.2% of our young returning veterans out of work. Governor Romney believes we must devote to veterans the care and attention they deserve, and as president he will do that.

As BuzzFeed reported, student veterans all over the country have been experiencing increasing difficulty in receiving their educational benefits in recent months, with some students having to take out loans to pay their tuition or even facing eviction. The Obama Administration has apologized for the delays, but has no clear plan to end them.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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