April 2020 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics Report Analysis

April 2020 veterans disability benefits statistics report

The April 2020 veterans disability benefits statistics report numbers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are now available. Below, we’ll explain how VA disability compensation and pension claim numbers changed over the past 30 days.



April 2020 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status

All compensation and pension claims pending the VA’s determination decision appear in the April 2020 veterans disability benefits statistics report. On April 4, the VA claims inventory held 405,730 pending applications. Unlike the last few months, April’s claim inventory numbers fell significantly in this 30-day period:

  • As of April 4, 2020: 405,730
  • As of March 7, 2020: 426,081
  • Difference: -20,351
  • Daily churn: -1,018 claims

Wow, what a stunning drop in VA claims compared to last month! We can only assume this is a direct result of the global coronavirus pandemic. First-time filers with service-connected disabilities make up about 28% of the March 2020 veterans disability benefits statistics report’s inventory. Nearly 42% of claims come from disabled vets who need VA ratings for additional or worsening conditions. Surviving spouses, children or parents applying for the first time make up 2.6% of claims, while 1.5% are for pensions.

April 2020 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status

Any claims still pending the VA’s determination decision after 125 days automatically move into the backlog category. The April 2020 veterans disability benefits statistics report shows only a slight increase in backlogged claims compared to March:

  • As of April 4, 2020: 74,625
  • As of March 7, 2020: 73,284
  • Difference: +1,341
  • Daily churn: +67 claims added to the backlog

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, we expect these numbers to rise significantly for May. About one-third of backlogged claims this month list eight or more service-connected disabilities, which can take awhile to process. About 1 in every 4 backlogged applications list seven or fewer unrated, service-connected disabilities. Unfortunately, secondary applications for worsening or additional conditions account for most backlogged claims in the April 2020 veterans disability report. This month’s update lists 27,289 claims filed before the end of 2019 are still pending the VA’s ratings decision.

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