The push that the department went through in order to eliminate the oldest of old cases from the backlog they have experienced has paid off finally. 97 percent of the backlogged cases have been processed over the past two months. A lot of these cases have sat for two years. Around 65,000 cases were eliminated from the backlog which is rather impressive. They gave priority to some of the oldest claims that were sitting there in order to give these veterans a chance to start collecting on their disability funds if they are eligible. They told those that were new to submitting that due to the new push for the older claims, the average wait time was now close to 300 days.
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