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    The Appeals Process Overview
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    Was your recent VA disability compensation award not enough? Have you been denied VA education, pensions, or health care benefits?

The VA Claims Appeals Process

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    The Appeals Process: Step 1
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    The first step in the appeal process is for a claimant to file a written appeal with the local VA regional office or medical ce...
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    The Appeals Process: Step 2
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    After receiving the appeal, the VA will mail the claimant a Statement of the Case describing what facts, laws and regulations w...
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    The Appeals Process: Step 3
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    You can represent yourself in your appeal if you wish, but most people who appeal obtain representation. You can choose to be r...
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    The Appeals Process: Step 4
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    Once you have filed your appeal with your local VA office, it will be forwarded to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). Your VA...
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    The Appeals Process: Step 5
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    If you wish, you can also have a personal hearing. A personal hearing is a meeting between you (and your legal representative, ...
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    The Appeals Process: Step 6
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    The Board will notify you when it receives your appeal from the local VA office. When the docket number for your appeal is reac...
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    The Appeals Process: Step 7
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    If you disagree with the Board's final ruling, you can appeal to the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals for Veterans Claims. Normal...
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