Have you been denied VA education, pensions, or health care benefits? Fortunately you do have recourse through the VA Appeals process.
A VA claim may be appealed from the Board of Veterans’ Appeals to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. This court is independent of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Only claimants may seek a review by the court; the VA may not appeal board decisions. To appeal to the court, the claimant must have filed an appeal with the VA. The notice of appeal must be received by the court with a postmark that is within 120 days after the Board of Veterans’ Appeals mails its final decision.
The court does not hold trials or receive new evidence. The court reviews the record that was considered by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Oral argument is held only at the direction of the court. Either party may appeal a decision of the court to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and to the Supreme Court of the United States. Appellants may represent themselves before the court or have lawyers or approved agents as representatives.
Appeals are very detailed and complicated at times. While it is possible that you could represent yourself, it is recommended that you find representation with an attorney. Our legal staff is well-versed in Veteran Appeals and will be glad to review your case with you. Call us today for an appointment and a free consultation.