A bipartisan group of more than 160 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the President recently urging his direct involvement in resolving the VA claims backlog. A bipartisan group of 67 senators had previously sent a similar letter.
Despite the agency’s budget increasing 40 percent, the number of backlogged claims has risen by 2,000 percent over the last four years, notes Congressman Patrick Murphy of Florida, one of the letter’s authors. The average wait time for those filing their first claim is between 316 and 327 days. However, many vets have waited as long as 800 days and some even beyond 1,000. Veteran’s Administration’s goal is to work through the backlog and by the end of 2015.
Meanwhile, an interactive map created by the Center for Investigative Reporting shows the number of claims backlogged in each VA claims office. As of May 28, 2013, there are 49,710 vets waiting a decision from the St. Petersburg, FL office. The number who have been waiting more than 125 days is at 34,408 and there are 11,091 who have been waiting for more than a year. The average wait time for first time filers is 433 days.
At The Law Offices of Veterans Help Group , our dedicated attorneys can assist with the initial filing of a claim or filing an appeal for a denied claim. Although it can be a stressful process, we are here to help walk disabled vets through it. Call 855-855-8992 to speak with a claims specialist at our office.