Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics – April 2016

Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics

This month we will take a look at the veterans disability benefits statistics for April. These statistics are released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) every Monday and highlight the claims progression within the program. Below is a brief overview of the program’s claims inventory and backlog.

Claims Inventory Status

The inventory status of disability claims is reported by the Veteran Benefits Administration each month. This category consists of the pension and compensation claims that are awaiting a decision from the VA. As of April 11, 2016, 347,287 claims fall under this category. This number is only 1,371 claims less than March, producing a daily churn of just 68.5 claims.

  • As of April 11, 2016: 347,287
  • As of March 12, 2016: 348,658
  • Difference: -1,371
  • Daily churn: -68.5 claims

Claims Backlog Status

Claims that are classified with a backlog status, have been in the system for over 125 days. We saw a huge shift this month in backlogged claims, with 3,501 fewer claims within the system than the previous month. This positive shift is rare in backlog, but it is good news for veterans eagerly waiting claim approval.

  • As of April 11, 2016: 79,677
  • As of March 12, 2016: ~83,178
  • Difference: -3,501
  • Daily churn: -175.05 claims subtracted from backlog

The data above reveals huge improvements within the veterans system. Over the course of the past month, the program has made great strides in cleaning up their backlog. As stated above, this is great news for veterans who are still waiting to be approved. Overall this could be a better indicator that the administration has been properly implementing steps to clear up claim buildup and get people approved more efficiently.

It’s important to remember that it was only three years ago that over 300,000 claims were sitting in backlog. As of this month, that number has been reduced by nearly 75%. Hopefully, this is a trend we will continue to see as the year progresses.

Can An Attorney Help?

If you’re a veteran going through the application process you may find it beneficial to reach out to a VA-accredited attorney. Attorneys are a reliable source to turn to if you have a complicated claim or you have been denied benefits. A legal representative can help you with collecting medical documentation, identifying the status of your claim, and can help you with the appeals process.

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