VA claims backlog now under 100,000 – lowest in department history

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VA claims backlog now under 100,000 – lowest in department history…still more to do.

According to Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits in the Department of Veterans Affairs, “This week, VA reduced the disability claims backlog to 98,535. This is the lowest it has ever been in VA’s history, and it represents an 84-percent reduction from its peak of 611,000 claims in March 2013.But this milestone is also personal. I am a Veteran, my husband is a Veteran, and I have countless friends and family members who are Veterans. I came to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) four years ago knowing there was no more noble mission than to care for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and Survivors.

On day one, I knew that demand for compensation and other VA benefits was exploding. The backlog of claims older than 125 days was over half a million and climbing, and the claims inventory was nearly 800,000 and rising. You were waiting too long for your disability claim decisions, and that wasn’t right.”

Read more at source: VA claims backlog now under 100,000 – lowest in department history – VAntage Point

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