Let’s kick the new year off with our January 2023 veterans disability benefits statistics report analysis. Every month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports on how many benefit applications they’re currently working on. This report shows all disability, pension, and survivor’s claims the VA needs to either assign ratings or approve for payment. Learn how the VA’s latest claim numbers for January may impact veterans and their families below.
January 2023 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status
The January 2023 veterans disability benefits report lists all claim changes that happened during the past 30 days. On January 7, the VA’s claims inventory held slightly more than 709,000 total applications:
- As of January 7, 2023: 709,131
- As of December 3, 2022: 673,781
- Difference: +35,350
- Daily churn: +1,414 claims
It’s a leap in total claims since December’s report, which likely stems from the PACT Act’s 20 new presumptive disabilities. Supplemental claims for new conditions make up 73% of this month’s inventory. We’re guessing these applications mostly come from Gulf War vets, who filed 37% of January’s VA claims.
Unfortunately, this means it also takes even longer to process VA disability and survivor’s claims. Today, you can expect to wait about 4 months (117-128 days, on average) for the VA to process your claim. That said, it’s still well below the VA’s peak of 883,930 pending claims in July 2012.
January 2023 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status
Any claim that takes more than 125 days to process appears in the VA’s backlog. According to the January 2023 veterans disability benefits report, backlogged claims are up to September 2020 levels again:
- As of January 7, 2023: 200,456
- As of December 3, 2022: 153,590
- Difference: +46,866
- Daily churn: +1,875 claims added to the backlog
Once again, Gulf War vets account for most of this rise in backlogged claims (34%). Vietnam vets filing Camp Lejeune-related claims likely account for another 33% of this month’s backlog. Veterans from all other service eras added together make up the final 33% of January’s backlog.
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