At the beginning of each month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases a statistical report on all currently approved and pending benefits applications. We’ll compare June and July to see how the program’s backlog and inventory numbers look month-over-month. Below, read our summary of changes in the July 2016 veterans disability benefits statistics.
July 2016 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status
The Veterans Benefits Administration generates a monthly report on claim inventory status. Claims that fall under this category are pension and compensation claims that are still waiting on a decision to be made by the VA. As of July 2, 2016, there were 371,153 claims that fell under this category. This number has increased by over 10,500 claims since this time in June. Claims have steadily increased by similar numbers over the past three months, meaning that these July 2016 veterans disability benefits statistics may indicate a trend.
- As of July 2, 2016: 371,153
- As of June 6, 2016: 360,502
- Difference: 10,651
- Daily churn: +532.5 claims
July 2016 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status
Claims that are classified as backlog have been in the system for over 125 days. As of July 2nd, there were 74,374 claims in backlog. This is 1,827 fewer claims than were backlogged in June. That’s a decent drop in the number of veterans waiting for an answer on their claim status.
- As of July 2, 2016: 74,374
- As of June 6, 2016: 76,201
- Difference: -1,827
- Daily churn: -91.35 claims subtracted from backlog
While the difference in claims backlog from June to July is much higher than the previous month’s reduction, it still isn’t quite as strong as the promising backlog clearance numbers from May. Shifts like this are standard within governmental assistance programs and should encourage current or future applicants to know that their claims will be resolved as efficiently as possible.
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