VA reports slight decline in the VA backlog
Each week, IAVA's Research Director, Jacqueline Maffucci, PhD, reports on and analyzes the VA disability benefits backlog.
Monday, October 14 | 17:00
This week, the VA reported that the backlog has decreased by nearly 1000 claims, while the number of total claims increased by over 2000. There are now 236,383 veterans who have been waiting more than 125 days for a disability compensation claim decision. Overall, 518,043 total veterans have claims pending at the VA.
Since March 2013, the backlog has been reduced by nearly 63%. With 49 weeks left until the end of FY 2015, the VA will have to reduce the backlog by more than 4,800 claims per week to meet the goal of eliminating the backlog by this deadline.
Last week, IAVA released its 2014 IAVA Veteran Voter Guide, to help voters determine where candidates in the 2014 midterm elections stand on their support for vital veterans’ issues. IAVA members continue to tell us that ending the VA backlog is among the top issues important to this generation of veterans. It is also one of the issues highlighted in the 2014 Voter Guide.
The VA has made a lot of progress in decreasing the backlog, but there’s still much work to be done. We need to ensure that our elected officials are putting these issues at the forefront. With this in mind, you can get involved by asking whether candidates support the 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, to help eliminate the VA backlog and prevent future backlogs.
This election day, we need more than words; we need action. We encourage you to check out the 2014 IAVA Veteran Voter Guide, and to take an active role in the upcoming elections to support the military and veteran community.
For more on IAVA’s recommendations to further reform the VA disability compensation system, or to learn more about this benefit, please read our 2014 Red Tape Report.
To hear more about the veterans who have waited or continue to wait in the backlog, visit http://www.thewaitwecarry.org.
* Note: IAVA continues to track and report backlogged claims to include claims not counted in the VA’s Rating Bundle. IAVA does this because we believe that claims from all veterans and their families should be included in the goal to end the VA Backlog by 2015. For more on this, please see IAVA’s blog post from July 22, 2103, “Is the VA Moving the Goalpost?”