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VA Launches Faster Appeals Process

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it is launching the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP) with the goal of providing veterans with the earliest possible resolution of their disagreement with VA's decision on their benefit claims. By February 2019, all requests for review of VA decisions will be processed under the new, multi-lane process. The new law includes safeguards ensuring claimants receive the earliest effective date possible for their claims. Veterans who disagree with the decisions they receive in RAMP can appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals in the new process and have their appeal decided by the Board when the new law becomes effective in February 2019. Veterans who participate in RAMP will not be able to return to the legacy appeals process.

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