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VA decision reviews and appeals


If you disagree with a VA decision, you can choose one of the following review options to continue your case. If you aren't satisfied with that review, you can try another option.

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You have 1 year from the date on your decision to request a decision review, unless you have a fiduciary claim or a multiple party claim.
See if one of these rare situations applies to you

Decision review options

Add new and relevant evidence

Download VA Form 20-0995: Supplemental Claim (PDF)

When you choose to file a Supplemental Claim, you’re adding new evidence that supports your case or identifying evidence for review. A reviewer will look at all the evidence and determine whether it changes the decision.
Learn how to file a Supplemental Claim

You must submit evidence that VA didn't have before that supports your case.
4-5 months VA’s goal for completing Supplemental Claims is 125 days.

Can I file a Supplemental Claim?

You can file a Supplemental Claim within 1 year of a decision if you have new evidence.

But you can’t file a Supplemental Claim if you have a fiduciary claim or you’re one of multiple people claiming the same benefit (this is rare).
See if one of these rare situations applies to you



Ask for a new look from a senior reviewer

Download VA Form 20-0996: Higher-Level Review (PDF)

When you choose to request a Higher-Level Review, you’re asking for another review of the same evidence. A senior reviewer will take another look at your case and determine whether the decision can be changed based on a difference of opinion or an error that VA made.
Learn how to request a Higher-Level Review

You can’t submit any evidence.
You and/or your representative can speak with the reviewer on the phone. You can tell them why you think the decision should be changed and identify errors.
4-5 months VA’s goal for completing Higher-Level Reviews is 125 days. A review may take longer if VA needs to get records or schedule a new exam to correct an error.

Can I request a Higher-Level Review?

You can request a Higher-Level Review of an initial claim or Supplemental Claim decision. This option isn’t available after a Higher-Level Review or Board Appeal.



Appeal to a Veterans Law Judge

Download VA Form 10182: Board Appeal (PDF)

A judge at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington, D.C., will review your case.
Learn more about how to request a Board Appeal

About 1 year The Board’s goal for deciding appeals with no new evidence and no hearing is about a year.
You have the option to add new evidence that a judge will review.
You also have the option to request a hearing with a judge, either in person in Washington, D.C., or by video conference at a VA location near you.
Longer The Board will take longer to decide your appeal if you submit new evidence or request a hearing.

Can I request a Board Appeal?

You can request a Board Appeal after an initial claim, Supplemental Claim, or Higher-Level Review decision. You can’t request 2 Board Appeals in a row.


After a Board decision

If you disagree with the Board’s decision and have new and relevant evidence that supports your case, you can file a Supplemental Claim. You can also appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Learn more about your options after a Board decision

What happens next?

Find out what happens after you request a decision review

You don’t need to do anything while you wait unless VA sends you a letter asking for more information. If VA schedules exams for you, be sure not to miss them.

Track the Status of Your Claim or Appeal

What if I need help?

A Veterans Service Organization or VA-accredited attorney or agent can help you request a decision review.
Get help requesting a decision review

What if I have more questions?

Get answers to frequently asked questions about decision reviews.
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