Veterans Disability Claims Getting More Complicated and Costly
As the number of veterans’ disability claims being filed continues to rise and more claims are being approved for higher benefit amounts, the future of the system is looking murky.
In 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requested a 20% budget increase for the 2013 fiscal year. The increase was granted, bringing the compensation and pension budget for 2013 up to $61.7 billion in anticipation of more veterans’ disability claims and higher payouts being approved.
The VA is estimating a 500,000 to 1 million claim increase in 2013 from the 1.2 million claims already predicted in 2012. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki also commented that the claims they are receiving are becoming more intricate, which can result in an increase per-veteran costs.
A recent review of incoming disability claims from Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans revealed an average of 8.5 disabilities listed on the application – nearly double of what veterans of previous service typically claim. In 2001, the average disability pay was about $7,000, but today’s average is $11,737.
Many of the 895,000 disability claims anticipating approval in the VA system have been waiting for more than 125 days. Your claim can be held up if you do not provide adequate evidence of your disabilities or service connection through a disability rating.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.