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March 10, 2023

How Long Do VA Claims Take?

Last updated on June 17, 2024

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A common question asked by veterans filing a claim for VA benefits is, “How long do VA claims take?” The time it takes to receive a decision on a VA claim can vary depending on several factors. 

That said, there’s data we can rely on to determine a reasonably accurate estimate. 


How long do VA claims take?

120-150 Days. As of March 2023, the VA is averaging 120-150 days to process all claims and appeals except the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA).

How long do VA supplemental claims take?

120-150 days. As of March 2023, VA supplemental claims are averaging between 120-150 days to complete.

How long do VA Higher Level Reviews (HLRs) take?

120-150 days. As of March 2023, a VA Higher Level Review (HLR) takes an average of 120-150 days to complete.


How long do BVA appeals take?

BVA Direct Docket Appeals are currently averaging three years. However, that number should change this year as the BVA aims to speed up its process.

Why do some VA claims take longer than others?

The complexity of the claim, the availability of evidence, and the number of claims being processed at any given time can all impact the time it takes to receive a decision.

Several steps are involved in the VA claims process, including the initial application, gathering of evidence, and review by a Veteran Service Representative (VSR). 

Why do VA claims take so long?

If additional evidence is needed, the process can be delayed while the VA or the veteran obtains and submits the required documentation. This is especially true if the veteran has never filed a VA compensation claim before.  

This requires the VBA to obtain Service Treatment Records (STR), Military Service Records, verify service era, and determine which presumptives may apply to the veteran (and the veteran’s claimed conditions). 

Additionally, the veteran may appeal the decision if a claim is denied. Once the appeal is filed, the timeframe averages 120-150 days to adjudicate that appeal.

While waiting for a decision on a VA claim can be frustrating, it’s important for veterans to understand that the VA is committed to ensuring that all claims are processed fairly and accurately. 

What’s the best way to check the status of a VA claim?

Call the VA Hotline at 1-800-827-1000.


How long does a VA disability claim take?

While the average time for a VA disability claim can vary, it’s currently between 120-150 days. Veterans can help ensure a timely decision by providing complete and accurate information, responding promptly to requests for additional evidence, and submitting probative new and relevant medical evidence. 

Now that we’ve answered the question, “How long do VA claims take?” it’s important to remember patience and persistence throughout the process. Additionally, assistance from experienced experts can help veterans navigate the complex VA claims process and obtain the benefits they deserve.


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