New VA Backlog Numbers for April 6 – 12, 2014: VA Reports Backlog Down ~7,500
Each week, IAVA's Research Director, Jacqueline Maffucci, PhD, reports on and analyzes the VA disability benefits backlog.
Monday, April 14 | 18:30
The VA reported another decrease in backlogged claims this week, dropping the number of backlogged compensation and pension claims to 328,911 veterans waiting. The total pending claims decreased by over 5,500, bringing the total down to 603,646. The total number of claims backlogged represents 55.2% of the total number of claims.
In order to eliminate the backlog by the end of FY 2015, the VA must reduce the backlog by an average of 4,385 claims per week for the remaining 76 weeks.
Since March 2013, the VA is processing on average 5,369 claims per week. This represents a 20.0% increase over their average of 4,293 claims per week since January 2013 and a decrease in the overall backlog by 48.1%, which is the largest number to date.
The pending number of appealed claims pending has reached its highest number to date, 274,147.
To hear more about the veterans who have waited or continue to wait in the backlog, visit http://www.thewaitwecarry.org.