The Department of Veterans Affairs claims backlog continued to increase over the holiday season. The VA claimed that it would reduce the backlog to 40 percent in the last fiscal year, but at the end of the year, the backlog stood at 58 percent. The VA has promised to increase mandatory overtime to help manage the backlog crisis, but unfortunately veterans are still suffering.
The Daily Caller — The Obama administration’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) saw its backlog of unprocessed veteran benefit claims increase at the end of the year, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller.
In response the VA promised TheDC that it will re-institute mandatory overtime for department employees by the end of January.
Though VA promised Congress to cut its backlog and even recently hired many new staffers to address the problem, the department continues to leave hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting for benefits. The backlog again exceeded 400,000 severely delayed claims at the beginning of the new year.
As of December 21, 2013, the VA backlog stood at 388,719 unprocessed claims that had been pending for more than 125 days, according to VA. As of January 4, 2013, the backlog stood at 405,938 unprocessed claims pending more than 125 days. That’s an increase of 17,219 severely delayed benefit claims during the holiday season alone.
As of January 4, VA was overseeing 685,686 pending claims, 59.2 percent of which were delayed by more than 125 days.