April 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics

April 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics

Near the start of each month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports on the current claims inventory and backlog statistics for applications submitted to the VA requesting disability benefits. In our April 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics overview, we explain how claims numbers changed over the last 30 days.

April 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status

Any pension and compensation claims still awaiting the VA’s determination decision are reported on each month by the Veterans Benefits Administration. On April 1, 2017, 375,646 applications fell under the claims inventory. The total claims inventory numbers in this month’s report fell significantly compared with those we saw in March. This is a good sign the VA is hard at work reviewing current disability applications.

  • As of April 1, 2017: 375,646
  • As of March 4, 2017: 390,509
  • Difference: -14,863
  • Daily churn: -743.15 claims

April 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status

Any application still under the VA’s review after 125 days moves into the claims backlog category. In the April 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report, the backlog category contained more than 97,000 claims. This is good news for veterans still waiting to hear from the VA. It also continues the downward trend in clearing out the claims backlog we saw beginning in March.

  • As of April 1, 2017: 97,382
  • As of March 4, 2017: 98,431
  • Difference: -1,049
  • Daily churn: -52.45 claims cleared from the backlog

Though only have as many claims were deleted from this month’s backlog compared with March, it’s heartening to see the VA making every effort to reduce these numbers. Any veterans with recently submitted claims should be encouraged by these reduced claims backlog numbers.

It can be extremely beneficial to seek information and assistance from a VA-accredited attorney near you. An experienced advocate or lawyer can walk you through every step in the claims process. They’ll also explain how to improve your odds of winning benefits, including any backpay the VA owes you. They can also help you gather medical evidence, request status updates from the VA and even file your appeal. Best of all, these attorneys always work on contingency. That means you pay $0 for legal assistance if the VA doesn’t award you benefits. But if you do win, then you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee.

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