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Multiple Party or Contested Claims


If you’re one of multiple people claiming the right to the same benefit, you have 60 days to appeal to a Veterans Law Judge at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington, D.C. A judge who’s an expert in Veterans law will review your case.

Mark your calendar

You have 60 days from the date on your decision to request a Board Appeal.

Can I add new evidence?

You have the option to add new evidence for a judge to review. You’ll have to submit this evidence within 90 days from the date VA receives your Board Appeal form.

This option will take longer.

Can I request a hearing?

You have the option to request a hearing with a judge. A video conference hearing will take place at a VA location near you.

What happens at a hearing?

You and the judge will have a conversation. The judge will ask you questions, but it won’t be like a cross-examination. The judge will talk to you about the evidence needed to grant your appeal. Your representative, if you have one, may help you at the hearing.

The hearing will be transcribed and added to your appeal file. You can add new and relevant evidence within 90 days after the hearing, but it isn’t required.

This option will take longer.

How do I request a Board Appeal?

To request a Board Appeal, fill out the Decision Review Request: Board Appeal (VA Form 10182).
Download VA Form 10182.

  1. Choose one of the 3 options to appeal with a Veterans Law Judge

    Direct Review
    If you want a Veterans Law Judge to review your case as quickly as possible, choose a Direct Review.

    You can’t submit any evidence.
    About 1 year The Board’s goal for deciding appeals with no new evidence and no hearing is about a year.

    Evidence Submission
    If you have additional evidence for a Veterans Law Judge to review, choose Evidence Submission.

    You must submit evidence within 90 days of the date VA receives your Board Appeal form.
    Longer If you add new evidence, it’ll take longer than the Direct Review appeal option.

    Hearing Request
    If you want a video conference hearing with a Veterans Law Judge at a nearby VA location, choose a Hearing Request.

    At your hearing, you and a Veterans Law Judge will have a conversation, and they’ll ask you questions about your appeal. Your hearing will be transcribed and added to your appeal file.
    Learn more about what happens at a hearing.

    You can add new and relevant evidence within 90 days after the hearing, but it isn’t required.
    Longer If you request a hearing, it’ll take longer than the Direct Review appeal option.
  2. List the issue(s) you want to appeal in Part III

    You can include all or just some of the issues VA has decided. You’ll need to list the issue(s) you disagree with and the VA decision date for each.

  3. Apply

    Fill out the Decision Review Request: Board Appeal (VA Form 10182).
    Download VA Form 10182.

    By mail

    Send the completed form and any supporting documents to this address:

    Board of Veterans’ Appeals
    PO Box 27063
    Washington, D.C. 20038

    In person

    Bring your completed form to a regional benefit office.
    Find a regional benefit office near you.

    By fax

    Fax your completed form to 1-844-678-8979.

    You can also ask a regional benefit office for a copy of this form to fill out. Or you can call the VA toll-free hotline at 1–800-827-1000, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (ET), to request a form.

After a Board Decision

If you disagree with the Board’s decision, you can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. You can hire an attorney to represent you, or you can represent yourself.
Learn more about filing a Court Appeal.

Mark your calendar

You have 120 days from the date on your decision to file a Court Appeal.
Note: A Court Appeal must be filed with the Court, not with VA.

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 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.
Go to FAQs.