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 awaiting a determination decision from the VA are reported on each month by the Veterans Benefits Administration. On April 1, 2017, 375,646 applications fell under the claims inventory category. The total claims inventory numbers in the April 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report fell significantly compared with those we saw in March, which 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 that hasn’t received a determination decision from the VA within 125 days of the claimant’s initial submission gets listed within the claims backlog category. In the April 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report, the backlog category contained 97,382 claims. This is good news for veterans still waiting to hear from the VA and 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 who recently submitted a claim or are thinking about applying should be encouraged by these reduced claims backlog numbers in the April 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report.
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It can be extremely beneficial to seek information and assistance from a VA-accredited attorney in your area before submitting your own application for disability benefits. An experienced disability advocate or legal professional can walk you through every step in the claims process and how to improve your odds of winning benefits, including any back pay you may be owed. Your disability advocate or attorney can also help gather medical evidence to bolster your disability claim, request status updates from the VA and even file your appeal if it isn’t initially approved. Best of all, many advocates and attorneys won’t charge any legal fees upfront – the only time you’ll pay anything is if they help you win benefits. To see if you may qualify for legal assistance today, click the button below now to start your free evaluation.