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President Obama Travels to Florida, Speaks to Disabled Vets

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(KCEN) -- President Obama headed south today to Florida and greeted people at the Annual Disabled Veterans Convention in Orlando.

While there, President Obama also delivered a speech announcing a new initiative with 250 higher-education institutions to help veterans get degrees and certificates.

The president says the measure, called 8 Keys to Success would help the veterans land jobs in high-growth areas of the economy.

He also addressed the recent controversy over the backlog of veterans' disability claims.

"And today I can report that we are not where we need to be, but we are making progress. We are making progress. So, after years, when the backlog kept growing, finally the backlog is shrinking. In the last five months alone, it's down nearly 20 percent. We're turning the tide."

The Department of Veterans Affairs says the average wait time after a veteran files a disability claim is 273-days.

But, for first time filers, the wait can be up to 327-days.

And it's even longer for veterans in big cities such as New York.

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