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August 25, 2023

How Long Do Expedited VA Claims Take? (2023 Quick Guide)

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With the growing backlog of VA disability claims, many veterans are interested in learning more about how to speed up their claims. 

This Quick Guide, “How Long Do Expedited VA Claims Take?” will answer your questions about expedited VA claim timelines. 

We’ll also explain how to qualify for an expedited VA claim, including why the VA will expedite a claim.

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How Long Do Expedited VA Claims Take?

While expedited VA claims are anticipated to be faster, there’s no way to know exactly how long an expedited claim will take.

The good news is that claims are given a “priority” or “non-priority” status, with priority claims being handled first.

So if you need an expedited VA claim, you should still submit one. 

Just remember, since every claim is unique, they still require time for the VA to collect and review your evidence and supporting documents.  

In addition, the VA doesn’t have deadlines to respond to claims, even if you apply for an expedited claim. 

Generally, a regular VA claim takes an average of 104 days. However, several factors could impact the length of time for a claim, including:

  • The type of claim you filed
  • How many injuries or disabilities you have claimed and their complexity
  • How long it takes to collect evidence needed to decide your claim 

In addition, the growing VA claims backlog has over 270,000 pending claims (submitted but has yet to be decided) as of August 2023. 

With the backlog, veterans receive a decision in an average of 132.2 days for a standard claim as of August 2023. 

You can check the status of your claim online and verify the evidence you’ve filed and anything additional the VA requests from you. 

You can also call the VA hotline at 1-800-827-1000 to check the status of your VA claim. 

What is a VA Expedited Claim?

A VA expedited claim helps speed up the claims process for eligible veterans in situations where they would benefit from receiving due compensation quicker. 

8 Reasons the VA Will Expedite VA Claims

You may qualify for a VA expedited claim if one of the following applies:

  1. Financial hardship (aka VA hardship claims processing): This could be due to situations like bankruptcy, eviction, foreclosure, or asset seizure
  2. Terminal illness 
  3. Diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease
  4. Serious Injury or Illness: Very seriously injured/Ill or seriously injured/Ill during military operations 
  5. Advanced age (Age 85 or older for the regional offices)
  6. Homelessness
  7. You’re a Purple Heart Award or Medal of Honor recipient 
  8. You’re a former Prisoner of War (POW)

PRO TIP: If you are in financial hardship, you can fill out a Request for Hardship Determination (VA Form 10-10HS) to help you qualify for a copay exemption. 



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What’s the VA Expedited Claim Process? 

The VA expedited claim process is similar to filing a regular claim.

7 Steps of the VA Expedited Claim Process 

  1. File a VA Disability Claim Using VA Form 21-526EZ: This is the basic VA form for all disability claims. 
  2. Complete VA Form 20-10207: Along with your initial claim form, you’ll need to complete VA Form 20-10207 Priority Processing Request and submit both documents, along with supporting evidence, with your claim. 
  3. File Online for a Quicker Decision: While there’s still no guarantee of when you’ll receive a response, filing online will help speed up the process. 
  4. The VA Reviews the Submitted Documents: Assuming the VA doesn’t require additional evidence or supporting documents, they will begin reviewing your claim. 
  5. The VA Makes a Decision: Once the review process is complete, the VA will decide your claim. 
  6.  You’ll Be Notified of the VA’s Decision: The VA will let you know a decision has been made and will send you important information regarding your claim. 
  7. Accept or Appeal the Decision: If you disagree with the VA’s decision (dated on or after February 19, 2019) regarding your claim, you can appeal and have three options (Supplemental Claim, Higher-Level Review, or Board Appeal). 

What is the Expedited VA Claim Timeline? 

Not surprisingly, many veterans looking to speed up their VA claim want to know, “How long does an expedited VA claim take?” 

Remember, even if you are eligible for an expedited VA claim, you still must wait with others of the same eligibility.

Expedited VA Claim Timeline vs. Regular VA Claim Timeline

All claims go through the following 8-step process, with the one in priority getting prioritized. 

  1. Claim Received
  2. Initial Review
  3. Gathering of Evidence
  4. Review of Evidence
  5. Preparation for Decision
  6. Pending Decision Approval
  7. Preparation for Notification
  8. Claim Completed 

You can also submit a VA Fully Developed Claim (FDC) to speed up the process. 

When submitting a fully developed claim, you compile all the necessary documents and evidence instead of the VA helping collect the required information. 


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