October 2019 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics Report Analysis

October 2019 veterans disability benefits statistics report

The October 2019 veterans disability benefits statistics report is here from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Read on to learn how VA disability compensation and pension application numbers changed over the last 30 days.



October 2019 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status

The October 2019 veterans disability benefits statistics report shows all disability compensation and pension claims pending the VA’s decision. On October 5, the inventory held 362,722 unrated VA disability compensation and pension claims. While the inventory category went up this month, less than 1 in 3 claims in October come from first-time applicants.

  • As of October 5, 2019: 362,722
  • As of September 7, 2019: 360,992
  • Difference: +1,730
  • Daily churn: +86.5 claims

While the October 2019 veterans benefits report shows that claims rose overall this month, it’s not all bad news. First-time applications for disability compensation make up just 31% of the claims inventory for October. About 1 in every 10 claims (11%) include appeals from disabled vets seeking a higher VA disability rating. Pension claims account for 2.2% of this month’s inventory, and 2.3% are from widowed families applying for survivor’s benefits.

October 2019 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status

After 125 days, any pending claims still waiting on the VA’s decision automatically transfer into the backlog category. Despite the claims inventory going up, the backlog shrank significantly, according to the October 2019 veterans disability benefits statistics report:

  • As of October 5, 2019: 71,017
  • As of September 7, 2019: 80,501
  • Difference: -9,484
  • Daily churn: -474 claims cleared from the backlog

As we expected, less than half the backlogged claims this month are from first-time filers. About 40% affect veterans applying for VA disability compensation the very first time. Appealed claims seeking a higher VA disability rating or asking for a higher-level review make up nearly 6% of October’s backlog. Despite these shrinking backlog numbers, many disabled vets need help fighting the VA for the benefits they’re rightly owed. If that describes your current situation, why not talk to a lawyer for free about your claim?

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