September 2018 veterans disability benefits statistics report

September 2018 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics Report

The September 2018 veterans disability benefits statistics are now available from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. See how unrated VA claims changed in the past month and what the report means for disabled vets below.

September 2018 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status

The September 2018 veterans disability benefits statistics report tracks unrated VA claims waiting for decisions from the Veterans Benefits Administration. At September’s start, the VA claims inventory category held 370,495 unrated applications, rising for the third month in a row. VA data shows that disability ratings are now at 95% accuracy, which may reduce the number of appeals going forward. According to the September 2018 veterans disability claims update, just 36% of unrated applications this month are from first-time filers.

  • As of September 1, 2018: 370,495
  • As of August 4, 2018: 360,505
  • Difference: +9,990
  • Daily churn: +500 claims

While we’d love to see unrated claims fall, fewer than 1 in 4 applicants land in the backlog, on average. Of the current claims inventory, 64% are supplemental claims from disabled vets already getting paid some benefits each month.

September 2018 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status

All VA claims more than 125 days old automatically transfer into the backlog category. The September 2018 veterans disability benefits statistics report shows a small increase in this category compared to last month’s numbers. However, less than half this month’s backlogged claims are from first-time applicants. And it’s no wonder some claims take longer to process — about 32% of backlogged applications list more than eight conditions.

  • As of September 1, 2018: 83,665
  • As of August 4, 2018: 81,383
  • Difference: +2,302
  • Daily churn: +115 claims added to the backlog

About half the backlogged claims this month (e.g., 49%) come from Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam-era service members. Another third come from Gulf War veterans applying for additional benefits or a higher VA disability rating.

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