[T]he government’s interest in veterans cases is not that it shall win, but rather that justice shall be done, that all veterans so entitled receive the benefits due to them.” Barrett v. Nicholson, 466 F.3d 1038, 1044 (Fed.Cir.2006)
18 July 2013
VA Reports Claims Down to 124 Day Backlog - good news!
VA disability ratings 125-day backlog
The number of claims by military veterans waiting for more than 125 days for a disability compensation decision from the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen below a half-million for the first time in 21 months.
On Nov. 14, 2011, VA reported it had 498,403 such claims. Since then, a combination of factors including an ever-increasing number of war veterans asking for compensation for service-related problems, multiple claims, rules changes that made it easier to file for PTSD and Vietnam War-era Agent Orange exposure, a system still clogged with paper medical records and inadequate staffing caused the backlog to spike. The total peaked over that stretch at 588,959 claims on the books more than 125 days – the VA’s own standard – on March 23.
As of the latest report, July 15, VA reports that that number had fallen back to 498,410, or 66.9 percent of 745,224 total claims. Good job, VA!