U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Have you been denied VA education, pensions, or health care benefits? Fortunately, you do have recourse through the VA Appeals process. Find out how a VA claim can be appealed and how the process works.

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; 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.

Court decisions, case status information, rules and procedures, and other special announcements can be obtained from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims website www.vetapp.gov. You can write the ClerkA?s office at:

United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
625 Indiana Ave, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20004
Telephone: (202) 501-5970

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