November 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits

November 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics Report Update

Each month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issues a VA disability claims report that details program’s current inventory and backlog numbers. We note any significant changes that occurred during the last 30 days in our November 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report analysis below.

November 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status

The November 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report from the Veterans Benefits Administration lists any pension as well as compensation claims currently awaiting a determination decision. On November 4, 2017, the VA claims inventory category held 324,686 applications. This is great news, and it totally reverses last month’s increase. In fact, the claims inventory numbers are the lowest we’ve seen to date! We applaud the VA’s efforts to quickly get much-needed benefits to eligible disabled veterans.

  • As of November 4, 2017: 324,686
  • As of October 7, 2017: 332,611
  • Difference: -7,925
  • Daily churn: -396.25 claims

November 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status

After 125 days without a determination decision, applications move out of the claims inventory and into the backlog. Very little changed between last month’s backlog numbers and the current month’s report:

  • As of November 4, 2017: 75,498
  • As of October 7, 2017: 75,485
  • Difference: +13
  • Daily churn: less than one new claim added to the backlog

Much like we reported last month, November’s backlog claims numbers are historically low compared to the last two years. Less than one application got transferred to the VA claims backlog for each business day between October and November. Hopefully, the VA will continue aggressively clearing backlogged claims throughout the holiday season.

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