The VA has decided it needs more people to improve time for handling appeals and reducing the appeals backlog. The Board received approval to hire more people in fiscal year 2017. It anticipates a need for another hiring surge in fiscal year 2018.
As of October 2016, VA officials estimate that if the agency does not take any action, such as increasing staff in 2018, veterans may have to wait an average of 8.5 years by fiscal year 2026 to have their appeals resolved.
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