Tuesday, June 11, 2013

40 Year Tale

Jim Fausone
Veterans Disability Lawyer 

The largest group of veterans with claims pending are from the Vietnam era. It has been 40 years since the war ended and the tale of that war, which shows in disability claims, is still lengthening.  We can expect that the Iraq/Afghanistan tale to also be 40 years in the making with claims increasing until 2054.

VA officials recently blogged:

"In fact, about 60% of the 845,000 pending disability claims are from Veterans for whom VA has already completed at least one claim. About 78% of those Veterans are already receiving monetary compensation at some level—and about half of those are rated with at least a 50% disability, receiving $1000 or more monthly. The other 40% of the total inventory are from Veterans filing for the first time. This 60/40 percent split is roughly the same proportion for claims that have been pending more than 125 days—i.e. the backlog. Also, many people—including reporters covering the story—attribute the growing number of claims to the wind-down of current conflicts.

In reality, only one in five claims in the inventory come from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. The largest portion is actually from Vietnam-era Veterans. "

So veteran advocates, like the VA, have no shortage of work.

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