January 2024 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics Report

January 2024 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics Report Analysis

The January 2024 veterans disability benefits statistics report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is here, with our analysis. This monthly VA report showing how outstanding claims numbers changed during the last 30 days. Below, we’ll explain how the VA’s current numbers may impact veterans waiting on claim approval.



January 2024 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status

All VA benefit claims waiting on the agency’s review appear in the January 2024 veterans disability benefits statistics report. It gives you a brief update on all disability, pension, and survivor benefits that need ratings or the VA’s approval for payment. Since 2023 ended, the VA cleared more than 30,000 claims from its inventory:

  • As of January 6, 2024: 1,048,765
  • As of December 2, 2023: 1,079,564
  • Difference: -30,275
  • Daily churn: -1,540 claims

While the VA’s working hard to reduce its claims inventory, it’s still hovering at historic highs compared to recent years. For comparison, VA claims increased 48% since January 2023. That means veterans filed more than 339,000 new VA claims in 12 months, primarily due to August 2022’s PACT Act.

The VA currently takes at least 150 days to review each new claim. That means 6 months from your claim filing date is the likely soonest you can get VA benefit payments.

January 2024 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status

Up next are backlogged claims in the January 2024 veterans disability benefits report. The word “backlog” refers to any claims the VA is still working on more than 125 days after you file. Compared to this time last year, the VA’s backlog more than doubled in size:

  • As of January 6, 2024: 417,855
  • As of December 2, 2023: 318,221
  • Difference: +99,634 claims
  • Daily churn: +4,982 claims added to the backlog

It’s also the highest backlog number we’ve seen from the VA since summer of 2014. Today, about 40% (2 in every 5) of VA claims end up in the agency’s backlog category. Here’s how those numbers break down:

  • 67% are supplemental claims for either new or worse disabilities or requesting a higher VA rating
  • 31% are initial pension, VA disability, or survivor benefits claims
  • 2% are Blue Water Navy claims for Agent Orange exposure during service

Veterans who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts filed 46% of January’s backlogged VA claims.

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