The December 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is now available for review. See our analysis below for any significant changes in the claims inventory and backlog numbers over the past 30 days.
December 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status
The Veterans Benefits Administration lists any unapproved pension and compensation claims in the December 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report. On December 2, 2017, there were 331,714 applications awaiting a determination decision listed in the VA claims inventory category. Unfortunately, this newest report reverses any claims inventory reductions we saw in November’s report. However, we expected higher numbers in the December 2017 veterans disability benefits claims inventory due to next year’s COLA increase. Since the 2018 2% raise is the largest veterans have seen for several years, claim numbers could rise in the coming months.
- As of December 2, 2017: 331,714
- As of November 4, 2017: 324,686
- Difference: +7,028
- Daily churn: +351.4 claims
December 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status
If the VA hasn’t yet approved a disability benefits application after 125 days, it automatically transfers into the backlog category. Much like last month, the December 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report shows an increase in the claims backlog numbers:
- As of December 2, 2017: 75,621
- As of November 4, 2017: 75,498
- Difference: +123
- Daily churn: +6.15 claims added to the backlog
Despite adding a few hundred claims over the last 60 days, the total backlog numbers are still very low. This holiday season, we hope the VA redoubles efforts to clear more claims from the backlog before the year ends. Luckily, the December 2017 veterans disability benefits statics report shows only a slight increase in the backlog. Disabled vets considering applying for benefits should do so now, since approved applicants will receive bigger monthly payments in 2018.
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