We have the March 2022 veterans disability benefits statistics report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This monthly report shows all VA disability, pension, and survivor’s claims awaiting either a ratings or approval decision. See how the latest numbers may impact veterans, along with any other notable changes during the last 30 days.
March 2022 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status
The March 2022 veterans disability benefits statistics report shows all VA claims still waiting on ratings or approvals. On February 5, the claims inventory held more than 611,000 pending claims:
- As of March 5, 2022: 611,696
- As of February 5, 2022: 615,830
- Difference: -4,134
- Daily churn: -207 claims
We’re loving this constant reduction in total VA claims each month! It’s still impossible to get your claim processed any faster than 90 days. In nearly every state, VA disability claims now take at least 5 months to process. Below are both the fastest and slowest states in 2022 YTD for processing VA claims.
Fastest states for rating new VA disability claims:
- Maryland – 139 days
- Virginia – 142 days
- Georgia – 144 days
- North Carolina – 144 days
- Texas – 144 days
- Washington, D.C. – 145 days
Slowest states for rating new VA disability claims:
- Vermont – 217 days
- Oregon – 193 days
- Maine – 188 days
- Minnesota – 181 days
- Montana – 181 days
March 2022 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status
Any VA claims more than 125 days old automatically move into the backlog. The March report shows a significant drop in backlogged claims compared to February:
- As of March 5, 2022: 250,083
- As of February 5, 2022: 259,296
- Difference: -9,213
- Daily churn: -461 claims cleared from the backlog
Now, which service-era veterans are waiting the longest for VA benefits? Here’s the breakdown of this month’s VA backlog:
- 46% are from Vietnam vets, and mostly for Agent Orange-related conditions
- 27% are from Gulf War vets
- 16% are from veterans who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan
- 9% are from peacetime veterans who served between the end of Vietnam and the Gulf War
- 1.5% are from Korean War vets
- .5% are from World War II vets
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
In most years, about 1 in 10 veterans either get the wrong VA rating or denied benefits by mistake. Why not get a local VA-accredited lawyer to review or file your claim paperwork free of charge? In fact, you can sign up for a free phone call and get claim help or advice without leaving your house! Since most regional VA offices aren’t open to walk-in traffic, it’s the fastest way to get expert claim help today.
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