31 Mar '14, 7pm

VA hails new low in backlogged claims: A backlog of about 350,000 disability claims doesn't sound li... #airforce

VA hails new low in backlogged claims: A backlog of about 350,000 disability claims doesn't sound li... #airforce

A backlog of about 350,000 disability claims doesn’t sound like good news. But Veterans Affairs Department officials argue it represents a pair of important and positive milestones. The backlog — the number of disability claims pending for more than 125 days — dropped below that 350,000 mark this week for the first time since February 2011. It marks a decrease of more than a quarter-million cases in the past year, a pace officials believe they can maintain to zero out the backlog in 2015. And it marks the first time the backlog has been below 350,000 since before claims tied to new presumptive illnesses from Agent Orange exposure overwhelmed the benefits system. The move in 2010 to make the new presumptive illnesses eligible for VA benefits — adding tens of thousands of new cases to the already overworked claims processing system — was popular with veterans advocacy groups...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140331/BENEFITS04/...

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