The Post-9/11 GI Bill–which covers veterans’ tuition, fees, stipends for housing and books–has been dispensing educational benefits to veteran-students for about 2 years, during which there has been a backlog of claims. While it seemed that backlog would grow to mirror the veterans disability backlog if corrective action was not taken, according to an article in The Houston Chronicle, there is no more backlog for GI Bill benefits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initially developed a backlog so severe when it first launched the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the VA had to issue thousands of “emergency checks” to veteran-students just so those students could remain enrolled. The VA has paid out $12.98 billion in payments to almost 600,000 veterans attending college under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and there is no sign of slowing.
At its highest point, the VA faced 65,000 backlogged claims, and each claim took about 60 days to process. The VA has brought that number down to 23,000 pending claims, which is different than a backlogged claim. Each claim now takes about 10 days to process.
The VA took on the backlog by not only hiring more people to process claims, but by automating the claim processing. When the Post-9/11 GI Bill first started issuing benefits, the claims had to be processed by hand.
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