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File a Supplemental Claim with New Evidence


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.

You must add evidence VA didn’t have before that’s relevant to your case.

Can I file a Supplemental Claim?

You can file a Supplemental Claim within 1 year of a decision if you have new evidence, unless one of these rare situations applies to you. You have a:
Fiduciary claim, or
Multiple party claim

How long does it take VA to make a decision?

4-5 months VA’s goal for completing Supplemental Claims is 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 about your case.

You can submit evidence yourself, or you can ask VA to get evidence, like medical records, that’s at a VA medical center or other federal facility. 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.

  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.

    List the location(s) of VA evidence in Part III.
    VA can help you get evidence if it’s at a VA medical center or other federal facility. For more details, see the instructions for completing the form.

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

  4. Apply

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

    By mail

    Send the completed form and any supporting documents to the benefit 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

    • 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: 1-844-655-1604

      Pension/Survivors Benefits

      If you live in CT, DL, 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: 1-844-655-1604

      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: 1-844-655-1604

      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.

      Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

      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.

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

    By fax
    Fax your completed form and any supporting documents to 1-844-531-7818.

    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.

Mark your calendar

You have 1 year from the date on your decision to file a Supplemental Claim.

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.

Track the Status of Your Claim

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.