Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics – May 2016

Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics

Every month the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs releases statistics about the program’s benefits. In this report, we’ll dive into the statistic from May and see how the program’s backlog and inventory compare to previous months. Below is a step-by-step summary of the fundamental difference between veterans disability benefits from April to May.



Claims Inventory Status

Each month the Veteran Benefits Administration reports on the claim inventory status. This category is made up of pension and compensation claims that are still waiting on a decision from the VA. As of May 9, 2016, there are 352,858 claims that fall under this category. Unfortunately, this number has gone up by over 5,500 claims since April of this year. This upward trend is uncommon on the claims inventory side, but may clue us in on the demand that is weighing on the program.

  • As of May 9, 2016: 352,858
  • As of April 11, 2016: 347,287
  • Difference: 5,571
  • Daily churn: +278.5 claims 

Claims Backlog Status

If a claim has been in the system for over 125 days it is considered backlogged. This month there was a difference of 3,145 claims in backlog, a trend that we saw in April as well. Another positive shift this month means that more and more veterans who have been awaiting a decision on their claim have finally received an answer.

  • As of May 9, 2016: 76,532
  • As ofApril 11, 2016: ~79,677
  • Difference: -3,145
  • Daily churn: -157.25 claims subtracted from backlog

May was another great indicator that the system is stepping it up when it comes to clearing backlog. The statistics above highlight these improvements within the program and shed light on just how far veterans benefits backlog has improved since it’s overhaul in 2012. This is differently a sign that the administration is working hard to clear up the remaining claim buildup and get veterans approved more efficiently.

Can An Attorney Help?

VA-accredited attorney can be a reliable source for veterans who are applying for disability benefits. Attorneys know the ins and out of the program and can help applicants collecting medical documentation, checking on their claims status, and if necessary can appeal a denied claim.

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