It's no surprise that those applying for disability benefits will likely have to wait to hear if their applications are approved or denied. Unfortunately, a push to decrease the wait time and move veteran applications for disability benefits through the system at a faster rate may have contributed to a the large rate of denials. The push fuels debate over the question: is faster really better?
When it comes to approval or denial of veteran's application for disability benefits, the answer may very well be no. A recent report by The Wall Street Journal addressed the growing issues surrounding veteran benefits claims, noting a 60 percent increase in the appeal rate for denied claims. More specifically, appeals have jumped from around 168,000 five years ago to over 275,000. The VA has seen an increase in claims for benefits, likely contributing to the jump in denials. In 2009, the VA had approximately 385,000 claims pending review, in 2012, the number rose to almost 884,000 claims. Currently, there are an estimated 565,000 applications awaiting review.