In 2012, the number of claims submitted for veterans’ disability benefits is estimated to reach 1.2 million, and analysts expect that to rise to 1.25 or even 1.3 million in 2013. This increase also comes with additional challenges to those who process the disability claims because many new claims are becoming more complex with a flood of disabilities, which can result in higher per-veteran costs.
This is a big reason why the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requested a 20% budget increase for 2013 that would bring in an additional $10.5 billion to increase the funds to $61.7 billion. This will help finance the current disability pay for veterans, which is an average of $11,737 annually.
With the budget increase and the nature of disability claims becoming more frequent and complex the VA is preparing to handle these situations. The goal for 2013 is to process 100,000 more claims than are received in 2013 to help alleviate the current backlog of 895,000 claims, more than half of which have been pending for more than 125 days.
Your veterans’ disability claim may be delayed or unfairly denied if you do not have the proper evidence of service-connected disabling conditions. To give your claim the best chance at making it through the veterans’ disability claims process, talk to a disability attorney.
denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.