More than 65,000 claims nationwide have been eliminated from a disability compensation claims backlog, the Department of Veterans Affairs has announced.
Ninety-seven percent of claims more than two years old have been processed following an April initiative to reduce the backlog. The initiative, centrally managed nationally, involved all VA regional offices working claims for veterans across the country.
The Jackson VA regional office now joins VA efforts to complete the disability claims of veterans waiting more than one year for a decision, while completing the final batch of oldest claims in progress.
The VA aims to end the disability claims backlog before 2016 and process claims within 125 days at 98 percent accuracy.
Today, the VA reportedly has the least claims in its inventory since August 2011 and has reduced the number in the VA backlog — claims pending more than 125 days — by 10 percent.
Learn more about disability benefits on the Department of Defense/VA web portal eBenefits, www.ebenefits.va.gov.