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Backlog Decrease

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News October 2013

VA reports 20 percent drop in the number of backlogged claims from a peak that was hit around April.

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A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report in August showing progress in reducing the backlog of disability claims is getting praise from Capitol Hill.

U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he’s pleased to see the report outline significant progress.

The VA says there was a nearly 20% drop in the number of backlogged claims from a peak that
was hit around April.

“We must remain aggressive and we intend to closely monitor the situation to ensure that the progress continues,” Sanders says. “I am glad we are now making progress toward the goal of ending the backlog by the end of 2015.”

The VA considers a claim to be backlogged when it’s been pending for more than 125 days. According to the VA, as of Aug. 14, the backlog stood at 490,000 claims out of 773,000 total pending claims.

The progress comes at a time when the VA has been handling an increasing number of claims; more than one million a year for each of the past three years.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki set a goal of ending the backlog by the end of 2015 by developing a digital record-keeping system.

For more information, visit va.gov.

 

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