The July 2018 veterans disability benefits statistics report is now available from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. See how the VA claims numbers changed during the past 30 days and what the report means for veterans below.
July 2018 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status
The July 2018 veterans disability benefits statistics report lists all unrated VA claims still pending with the Veterans Benefits Administration. On July 7, 2018, the VA claims inventory category rose to 349,319 unrated applications. This is the first month we’ve seen numbers go up in a while. And according to the last three months’ issue-level accuracy report, the VBA rates claims correctly about 95% of the time. But just for comparison’s sake, in July 2012, the inventory held 883,930 claims — that’s a 150% reduction in six years.
- As of July 7, 2018: 349,319
- As of June 2, 2018: 338,105
- Difference: +11,214
- Daily churn: +510 claims
VA data shows that original claims with eight or more disabilities listed rose 200% in the last decade. Ever wonder what kinds of unrated claims are in this month’s inventory category?
July 2018 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Breakdown by Type
- 63% are supplemental claims (220,071 total unrated claims)
- 37% are original claims (129,248 total unrated claims)
July 2018 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status
The backlog holds all unrated VA claims that are more than 125 days old. The July 2018 veterans disability benefits statistics report shows a pretty big jump in backlogged claims. But when you look at, say, March 2013’s backlog of 611,073 claims, this month’s numbers look pretty good. That means the VA reduced its current claims backlog more than 700% since July 2012. Wow!
- As of July 7, 2018: 76,028
- As of June 2, 2018: 69,718
- Difference: +6,310
- Daily churn: +300.5 claims added to the backlog
While any backlog increase may sound bad, the VA says that 81% of veterans filing supplemental claims already get some benefits. Plus, 10% of those vets have a 100% VA disability rating and already get at least $2,800/month in benefits.
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