VA Backlog is 443 Days in Florida

Posted by Jason Van Steenwyk

VA backlogThe current average wait time for new Veterans Administration claims in Florida is 433 days.

That’s the latest, according to a report today from WFTV News, serving Central Florida from Orlando to Daytona Beach and Melbourne. The wait time for Florida veterans is therefore nearly twice the national average, which is 273 days.

That’s the result of a mounting backlog at the VA regional office for Florida. There is only one regional office in the entire state. VA officials state the backlog is due to the large concentration of veterans within the state of Florida. However, that’s hardly news – the VA has not mentioned why it wouldn’t staff the Florida office appropriately.

Since President Obama was inaugurated in 2009, the number of veterans waiting a year or more for their benefits has exploded from 11,000 to 245,000. That amounts to a more than 2,000 percent increase, according to reporting earlier this year from the Center for Investigative Reporting. The same organization also reports this week that with the 2012 election safely over, the VA has “backed off” its promise to reduce the claims backlog.

According to WFTV’s reporting, a VA official states that the Administration has decided to devote resources to creating a paperless system, rather than create more regional offices in Florida. 

 


One response to “VA Backlog is 443 Days in Florida”

  1. mickey doyle says:

    443 days is nothing up here in new jersey it took me 41/2 years to get my case looked at.the v.v. the d.a.v. and the ameican legion thought i was lying.you had to get all the proof yourself,which i was never told.now i had to get a lawyer to reopen my case which should take another 3 years,i am 69 years old do you think i will make it.they had my mind so screwed up i wound up with p.t.s.d. because all the bad memories of my injury all came back and i still am on more meds just to get back to sleep if i sleep at all.you are better off being an illegal alien in this country then a veteran.GOD`S HONEST TRUTH.and it sucks!