September 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Report

September 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics Report

Every month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issues an updated VA disability claims report that lists the program’s current inventory and backlog numbers. In our September 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report review, we’ll highlight any important changes during the past 30 days.



September 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status

The monthly statistical report issued by the Veterans Benefits Administration lists pension and compensation claims currently awaiting a determination decision from the VA. On September 2, 2017, there were 331,410 applications slotted under the claims inventory category. Much like we saw in August, the September 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report showed major declines across the board. When you look at the difference between December 2016 and this month’s numbers, the claims inventory fell by nearly 60,000. Whatever the VA is doing to help streamline their disability claim review process, we approve — it’s clearly working!

  • As of September 2, 2017: 331,410
  • As of August 5, 2017: 348,344
  • Difference: -16,934
  • Daily churn: -846.7 claims

September 2017 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status

Applicants who wait over 125 days for the VA to determine their benefits eligibility are grouped under the claims backlog category. Looking at the September 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics report, that backlog currently holds 81,646 claims. It appears that the VA cleared 6% of the overall claims backlog this month. This means some very patient vets finally got access to the monthly disability benefits they’re rightfully owed.

  • As of September 2, 2017: 81,646
  • As of August 5, 2017: 87,713
  • Difference: -6,067
  • Daily churn: -303.35 claims cleared from the backlog

The September 2017 veterans disability benefits statistics brings this year’s total down to a new all-time low, which is fantastic to see. We hope this trend continues through the end of this year!

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