Every month the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs releases a statistical report on the claims backlog and inventory. These statistics give current and future applicants a better understanding of how the system looks and what obstacles they may face when they apply. Here’s a look at what veterans benefits have looked like for the month of June.
Claims Inventory Status
The Veteran Benefits Administration completes a report each month on the claims inventory status. Claims that fall under this category are pension and compensation claims that are still waiting on a decision to be made by the VA. As of June 6, 2016, there were 360,502 claims that fell under this category. This number has increased by over 7,500 claims since this time in May. This increase in claims in similar to the increase that was experienced from April to May as well.
- As of June 6, 2016: 360,502
- As of May 9, 2016: 352, 858
- Difference: 7,571
- Daily churn: +382.2 claims
Claims Backlog Status
Claims that are classified as backlog have been in the system for over 125 days. As of June 6th, there were over 76,201 claims in backlog. This is 331 fewer claims than were in backlog in May. While this is still a positive shift in the program, it is far less of a deduction than in months past.
- As of June 6, 2016: 76,201
- As of May 9, 2016: ~76,532
- Difference: -331
- Daily churn: -16.55 claims subtracted from backlog
While the difference in claims backlog from May to June isn’t significant, it still shows that the system is attempting to clean out claims and get veterans the benefits they need. Shifts like this are standard within governmental programs and should not throw up any immediate red flags or should it deter applicants from applying.
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