If you are considering applying for veterans benefits, you may have heard that there is a veterans disability claims backlog. Don’t let that stop you from applying for the care you need—if you need help with your application or if your claim has been denied, you may qualify for legal representation.

When it comes to applying for veterans benefits through the VA, the backlog is a major hurdle almost every applicant has experienced. In March 2013, this hurdle reached an all-time high when the backlog of claims reached of over 611,000. Since this peak in 2013, the VA has implemented new strategies such as paperless processing and overtime to better cut through the backlog and help veterans receive needed benefits. Currently, the VA has fewer than 100,000 disability claims in backlog. While this number may still seem high, it’s the first times in years the number of claims has fallen under 100,000 and is a sign that the new streamlined process set in place by the VA is working.

While this is a good sign, there are still some issues that hinder the VA when it comes to the benefits application process. The VA has vowed to tackle remaining issues on the behalf of veterans and build upon improvements that have already been made.

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