Be patient if you are in the process of applying for veteran's benefits. According to USA Today, the retired Air Force General in charge of processing VA Benefits Claims has acknowledged many claims are as old as two years old at this time. She stated that the current backlog likely will not be processed until the end of 2015. There are currently over 895,000 pending claims with over 70% older than 125 days. Some claims are as old as 2,560 days. Be patient.