Each month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issues a report detailing their current claims inventory and backlog numbers. In our June 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics snapshot, we take a closer look at how those claims numbers changed during the last 30 days.
June 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status
Both pension and compensation claims waiting for a determination decision from the VA are included in each month’s statistical report from the Veterans Benefits Administration. On June 3, 2017, at least 369,191 applications were in the claims inventory category. Claims inventory numbers fell slightly for the third consecutive month, according to the June 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report. Any reduction in total VA disability claims should be encouraging to qualified veterans. That’s because it may indicate faster approval times for much-needed monthly benefits.
- As of June 3, 2017: 369,191
- As of May 6, 2017: 370,483
- Difference: -1,292
- Daily churn: -64.6 claims
June 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status
Any claims waiting to hear a determination decision from the VA for more than 125 days fall into the backlog. In the June 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report, this month’s backlog contained 90,866 claims. That’s quite a drop from the previous numbers we saw in May, and hopefully will continue the gradual decline we’ve seen steadily progressing since February.
- As of June 3, 2017: 90,866
- As of May 6, 2017: 94,059
- Difference: -3,193
- Daily churn: -159.65 claims cleared from the backlog
When every month’s backlog shrinks by thousands of claims, the VA is working hard to get through claims as quickly as possible. Any veterans now submitting a claim or considering applying should be encouraged by the updated numbers in this month’s report.
You May Qualify For Legal Assistance
Preparing to file your own claim or need help appealing an unfavorable decision from the VA? See if you may qualify for legal assistance from one of the VA-accredited attorneys in our network. An experienced attorney can help you better understand how the claims process works, when and how you’ll hear back from the VA and even communicate with the agency on your behalf. Your attorney can also help you gather medical evidence and handle appeals at every adjudicative level, if needed. Of course, you may not pay any fees to get help immediately if you do qualify for legal assistance – the only time you’ll have to worry about fees is after they help you get approved for benefits.
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