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Supplemental Claims

When you choose to file a Supplemental Claim, you’re adding new evidence that’s relevant to your case or identifying new evidence for review. A reviewer will determine whether the new evidence changes the decision.

Can I file a Supplemental Claim?

In order to file a Supplemental Claim, you must add evidence that is new (or not provided to VA previously) and relevant to your case. You can file a Supplemental Claim anytime, but we recommend you file within one year from the date on your decision letter. 

Note: You can’t file a Supplemental Claim if you have a fiduciary claim or a contested claim.

How long does it take VA to make a decision?

4-5 months

Our goal for completing Supplemental Claims is an average of 125 days.

What’s considered new and relevant evidence?

New evidence is information that VA didn’t have before the last decision.
Relevant evidence is information that could prove or disprove something in your claim.

You can submit evidence yourself or ask VA to get evidence, like medical records from a VA medical center, other federal facility, or your private health care provider. VA can’t accept your Supplemental Claim without new and relevant evidence.

How do I file a Supplemental Claim with new evidence?

To file a Supplemental Claim, fill out the Decision Review Request: Supplemental Claim (VA Form 20-0995). 
Download VA Form 20-0995 (PDF)

  1. Select a benefit type in Part I on the form

    The most common benefit type is compensation, but if you’re unsure, check your VA decision. You can’t select multiple benefit types. You must complete a separate form for each type.

  2. List the issue(s) you want VA to review in Part II on the form

    You can include all or just some of the issues VA decided. You must list the issue(s) you disagree with and the VA decision date.

  3. Gather new and relevant evidence to submit

    You must add new and relevant evidence (supporting documents) or identify evidence you’d like VA to gather for review.

    We can help you gather evidence from a VA medical center, other federal facility, or your private health care provider.

    For evidence at a VA or other federal facility
    List the location(s) of VA evidence in Part III. For more details, see the instructions for completing the form.

    For evidence at a private or non-VA provider, like a private doctor or hospital
    If you want us to gather your evidence from a private provider, fill out and sign VA Form 21-4142 (PDF). Be sure to include it with your Supplemental Claim form (VA Form 20-0995).

    What if I don’t have any new and relevant evidence? 
    If you don’t have evidence to submit, please select another decision review option. 
    Learn more about the decision review options

  4. Apply

    Fill out the Decision Review Request: Supplemental Claim (VA Form 20-0995). 
    Download VA Form 20-0995 (PDF)

    Submit your application by mail, in person, or by fax.

    By mail

    Send the completed form and any supporting documents to the VA regional office that matches the benefit type you selected on the form.

    Compensation

    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Claims Intake Center
    PO Box 4444
    Janesville, WI 53547-4444

    In person 
    Bring your completed form and any supporting documents to a VA regional office. 
    Find a VA regional office near you

    By fax 
    Fax your completed form and any supporting documents to 844-531-7818.

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

  • Pension/Survivors benefits

    If you live in AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, IA, KS, MN, MT, NB, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY, Mexico, Central America, South America, or the Caribbean

    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Claims Intake Center
    Attention: St. Paul Pension Center 
    PO Box 5365
    Janesville, WI 53547-5365
    Fax: 844-655-1604

    Pension/Survivors benefits

    If you live in CT, DE, FL, GA, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, VT, VA, WV, DC, Puerto Rico, or Canada

    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Claims Intake Center
    Attention: Philadelphia Pension Center
    PO Box 5206
    Janesville, WI 53547-5206
    Fax: 844-655-1604

    Pension/Survivors benefits

    If you live in AL, AR, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, OH, TN, or WI

    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Claims Intake Center
    Attention: Milwaukee Pension Center
    PO Box 5192
    Janesville, WI 53547-5192
    Fax: 844-655-1604

    National Cemetery Administration

    Please refer to your
    decision for instructions
    on how to submit the
    form.

    Education

    Please refer to your
    decision for instructions
    on how to submit the
    form.

    Veterans Health Administration

    Please refer to your
    decision for instructions
    on how to submit the
    form.

    Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)

    Please refer to your
    decision for instructions
    on how to submit the
    form.

    Insurance

    Please refer to your
    decision for instructions
    on how to submit the
    form.

    Loan guaranty

    Please refer to your
    decision for instructions
    on how to submit the
    form.

What happens next?

Find out what happens after you request a decision review

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

If you’ve filed a request for a Supplemental Claim, we may randomly select you to receive an email with a short, optional survey. If selected, you’ll get a survey within 10 days of the date on your notification letter. You aren’t required to fill it out, but your feedback will help us improve the new decision reviews process. It takes about 3 minutes to answer the questions. Please review your VA.gov profile to make sure we have your most recent email address. Find out how to update your email address.

Check your VA claim status

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

What if I get a Supplemental Claim decision that I don’t agree with?

You can then request a Higher-Level Review of the Supplemental Claim decision, or file for a Board Appeal, which means your case gets reviewed by a Veterans Law Judge. You may also file another Supplemental Claim if you have additional evidence you want to submit for review.

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