VA Claims Backlog Doubled in Last Year

The number of veterans’ disability claims taking more than four months to complete has doubled a senate report says.

The large backlog has prompted criticism from veterans and Congress that the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to prepare for a rise in cases it knew was coming. “Without question, I believe that the VA disability claim system is broken,” Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash said Wednesday at a meeting of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

The number of claims taking more than 125 days to decide has gone from 200,000 a year ago, to 450,000 today, according to administration budget documents. An increased backlog means veterans must wait even longer to receive payments for disabilities.

The VA says the delays are due to a generation of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with more complex claims, as well as a decision to expand compensation for Agent Orange-related illnesses.

If you need assistance securing disability benefits, please contact the Indiana Veterans’ Affairs Disability Benefits Lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, by calling (800) 520-3633.