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Veterans Affairs Official Reassigned After House Hearing Over Delayed GI Bill Benefits

A House committee will hear testimony Thursday from Department of Veterans Affairs officials over delayed GI Bill payments potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of veterans.

NBC News reported that computer problems at VA have caused GI Bill benefit payments covering education and housing to be delayed for months or never be delivered, forcing some veterans to face debt or even homelessness.

On Wednesday, one of the key witnesses called to testify from VA was reassigned by the federal agency to a regional office in Houston, multiple officials told NBC News.

Robert Worley, executive director of Education Service of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), based in Washington, has been appointed to serve as the executive director of the VBA’s Houston regional office, according to two sources close to the VA and an email reviewed by NBC News.

Molly Jenkins, a spokeswoman for Republicans on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, confirmed Thursday that Worley would be departing his current position to lead the VBA office in Houston.

Service organizations that advocate for veterans in Washington said that they are concerned that Worley’s departure will negatively affect their ability to promote veterans issues.

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