Disarray at the VA  Kennedy School’s Bilmes has pragmatic proposals for presidential commission, system overhaul

READ STORY :     http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2014/06/disarray-at-the-va/

The number of veterans who have applied for and been awarded disability benefits just keeps going up.  It is far in excess of our original predictions.  The latest report from the Veterans Benefits Administration shows that only 1.8% of disability claims evaluated to date have been denied.  The other 98.2% of claims have been approved.  This brings the total number of GWOT veterans who have been “service-connected” for disabilities to 810,307  Nearly 50% of all veterans have filed claims.

  • Total Living GWOT Veterans:  1,847,047
  • Total who have filed disability claims:  914,193
  • Total who have been awarded disability benefits:  810,307
  • Total claims denied: 15,105
  • Pending claims:  168,702



Linda Bilmes new paper revises war costs upwards based on increased utilization of medical care by active duty troops, families and veterans,  as well as increasing volume and complexity of disability claims by veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read the paper:



The latest disability benefits costs are even higher than we predicted.   And this will grow higher, because more than 700,000 new veterans have already claimed, with an average of 8 conditions per claim.


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