A new report finds a variety of reasons why disabled war veterans in different states receive different rates of compensation, but the Veterans Administration is vowing to address the problem.
VA Secretary Jim Nicholson says their "number one goal is to take care of those veterans who are deserving."
A government report reveals veterans in Illinois are among the lowest paid in the country at just over eight-thousand dollars a year. That's about five-thousand dollars less than what's paid to those in New Mexico.
The government blames, in part, a payment formula that dates back to World War Two and doesn't include conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder. Claim assessors also blame a lack of staffing.
But, the report contains recommendations for improvement, which the VA says it is starting to implement.