Over the last several years, it has become very apparent that the benefit administrators for the Department of Veterans Affairs are swamped. As the number of pending benefit claims approaches 1 million, the time that veterans and their spouses are waiting on appeals is growing tremendously. This was the case for one New Jersey woman who actually passed away before the VA handled the claim filed on behalf of her husband.
On average it takes 1,040 days -- just under three years -- to process VA benefit appeals. For many veterans with severe medical conditions, they simply cannot wait this long. In fact, an investigation determined that 2,936 apealed cases were dropped because the veteran or their surviving spouse passed away.