VA's Disability Claims Backlog Drops Sharply

The number of pending disability compensation claims peaked at more than 611,000 in March 2013, but the Department of Veterans Affairs has chopped it approximately 44 percent to 344,000 claims.

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced big progress April 1 in the Department of Veterans Affairs' backlog of pending disability compensation claims – that is, claims pending more than 125 days. Those peaked at more than 611,000 in March 2013, but the VA reduced it to 344,000, an improvement of about 44 percent, Shinseki announced April 1.

He said the decisions being made on veterans' disability claims are more accurate and, on average, veterans are waiting 119 days less for a decision than they were at this time last year.

"No veteran should have to wait to receive earned benefits. Through a combination of transformation initiatives and the hard work of our employees, we are making significant progress toward our goal of eliminating the claims backlog in 2015," Shinseki said. "We still have more work to do, and no one is more committed than our Veterans Benefits Administration employees, over half of whom are veterans themselves."

The backlog rose partly because in response to a court decision, VA readjudicated 150,000 previously decided cases involving exposure to the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange. Shinseki also added ischemic heart disease, certain leukemias, and Parkinson's disease to the list of conditions presumed to be related to exposure to Agent Orange, and the VA has processed more than 100,000 new claims for those conditions from Vietnam veterans and survivors.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Comply with OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

    Collect relevant incident data and generate accurate OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 regulatory reports, including 300A CSV files for easy electronic submission to OSHA.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Easy to Use Safety Inspection App

    Conduct inspections on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Complete safety audits at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus