Officials Say VA Benefits Backlog Only Fixed by Late 2022

Although backlogged disability claims for veterans have decreased by 10 percent in recent weeks, they will likely only return to pre-2020 levels by late 2022.

According to an article published by Military Times, “[Veterans officials] warned that number could grow again if Congress passes pending legislation granting new disability benefits to tens of thousands of veterans exposed to burn pits while serving overseas in the recent wars. As of this week, about 191,000 disability claims were considered backlogged, meaning they have been pending for four months or more. That’s down from a peak of about 210,000 cases earlier this spring, but still well above the roughly 70,000 backlogged cases in early 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic began.”

Relevant pages: Veterans Disability