October 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics Overview

October 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issues a monthly VA disability claims report listing the program’s current inventory and backlog status. Check below to see any important changes that occurred within the last 30 days in our October 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics overview.



October 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status

The October veterans disability benefits statistics report issued by the Veterans Benefits Administration lists pension and compensation claims still pending the VA’s determination decision. On October 7, 2017, there were 332,610 applications listed in the claims inventory. It’s disappointing to see those numbers trending upward for the first time in several months. However, it just emphasizes how many disabled vets rely on the VA’s monthly disability benefits to pay their monthly expenses.

  • As of October 7, 2017: 332,611
  • As of September 2, 2017: 331,410
  • Difference: +1,201
  • Daily churn: +60.5 claims

October 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status

Any disability benefits application that hasn’t received a determination decision from the VA after 125 days moves into the claims backlog category. The October 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report shows a similar reduction in backlogged claims as we saw last month in September.

  • As of October 7, 2017: 75,485
  • As of September 2, 2017: 81,646
  • Difference: -6,161
  • Daily churn: -308.05 claims cleared from the backlog

This is amazing progress for backlogged VA disability claims! The backlogged claims number listed in the October 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report is now at the lowest point recorded since November 2015.

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