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2023 Veteran Benefits Update: Enhancing Accessibility and Timeliness

Season’s greetings! As we approach the new year, we’re excited to bring you a swift update on Veterans Affairs’ non-health benefits. With a notable surge in applications—thanks in part to the groundbreaking PACT Act—we’ve surpassed previous records by 39%. This surge, driven by Veterans like you, enabled VA to disburse an unprecedented $150 billion in benefits during 2023.

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How has the PACT Act influenced benefits distribution?

The PACT Act catalyzed a remarkable 76% approval rate for claims filed in 2023. This sharp increase reflects our commitment to collaborating with you at every step, ensuring a higher likelihood of benefit approval compared to previous years.

Addressing the Backlog: What does the anticipated increase mean for you?

While we acknowledge the current backlog of 378,000 claims, we’re streamlining processes to expedite decisions. Despite the surge, the average processing time is now 149 days—198 days faster than in 2013.

Expedite Your Claim Payments

Partial approvals can result in faster payments. If a part of your claim is granted, you may receive an initial payment while the full claim is processed.

Anticipating 2024: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Though the backlog may grow in 2024, rest assured that we’re proactively hiring additional claims processing staff. Apply without delay—your claim will be in good hands, with thousands of new team members and more on the way.

Why Apply Now?

We encourage every Veteran, family member, and survivor to apply promptly. VA processed a record 2 million benefit claims in 2023, beating the previous mark by 16%. Apply today to ensure you receive the care and benefits you deserve.

As we conclude 2023, we extend our gratitude for your record-breaking application rates. Your commitment ensures that more Veterans access the care they rightfully deserve. Let’s continue this momentum into 2024, breaking records and enhancing the well-being of our Veterans. Thank you for entrusting us with your VA benefits journey. Wishing you a prosperous new year!

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