Anyone following veteran news is well aware that the VA is currently "backlogged" with claims. The backlog is all disability claims pending more than 125 days or nearly four months. Current, according to VA Monday Morning Workload Reports, the regional office in Boston has 7016 pending claims, 57 percent of which are pending more than the target 125 days. The average wait time in this fiscal year for Boston claims is 292 days as of April 7, 2014.
What does this mean for Melrose-Wakefield-Saugus veterans?
It means the numbers are getting better, but veterans can expect to wait nearly 10-12 months for their disability claims to be processed and more than half of all Boston-area claimants can expect to become part of the backlog. Although we strive to help veterans file their claims accurately and timely, completion of the veterans claim process is solely a federal function that we have little control over. We believe this information is important for several reasons...
1.) Managing veteran expectations
2.) Arming veterans with knowledge so they can speak to policy makers in an informed manner
3.) Targeting VA disability improvements as a top veteran priority in coming election cycles
Why are disability benefits important?
Although it will never be possible to replace the income veterans lose due to disabilities they received during their military and combat service, the benefits assist veterans with income replacement and make them eligible for vital healthcare to correct and mitigate the issues. Both help us do our job better.
Below are come tools created by the Center for Investigative Reporting showing backlog trends overtime. These tools pull information from the VA Monday Morning Workload Reports, information distributed by the VA in order to meet transparency requirements demanded by Congress.
Please contact us for more information about VA disability wait times or for assistance with filing a claim.