VA: Disability Claims Backlog at Lowest Level Since 2007
On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has reduced the number of backlogged disability claims by 84% since March 2013. VA Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey said the current backlog of 98,535 claims is the lowest since the agency began recording such figures in 2007. VA officials attributed the decline in backlogged claims in part to mandatory overtime implemented three years ago and switching from paper to digital health records.
- "VA Says Claims Backlog Cut Below 100,000 Cases" (Daly, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 8/24).
- "VA's Backlog of Disability Claims Falls to 8-Year Low" (Kesling, Wall Street Journal, 8/24).