The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Board of Veterans' Appeals has the ability to remand (or send back) a case back to the regional office. A remand may be necessary if there has been a change in law, a worsening of a disability on appeal or the veteran introduces new evidence or theory of entitlement at the Board. Appeals are also remanded if the regional office did not process your claim correctly, usually the result of insufficient evidence gathering. If the Board remands your appeal, the judge will lay out clear steps which the regional office must complete before issuing another decision on your appeal. You will receive a supplemental statement of the case (SSOC), and your appeal will be returned to the Board for a final decision. The Board reviews your case again and renders another decision. For more information, read the VA VAntage Point Blog.
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