October 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report

October 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics Overview

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issues a monthly VA disability claims report listing the program’s current inventory and backlog status. See any important changes that occurred during 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 both pension and compensation claims pending a decision. On October 7, 2017, there were 332,610 applications listed in the claims inventory. It’s disappointing to see those numbers trending upward since last month. 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 claim without determination decision from the VA after 125 days then 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 during the past 30 days! Backlogged claims are now at the lowest point recorded since November 2015.

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