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About VA Form 20-0996

Form name: Decision Review Request: Higher-Level Review
Related to: Decision reviews and appeals
Form last updated: April 2024

When to use this form

Use this form to request a Higher-Level review of the decision you received by the Department of Veterans Affairs based on the evidence of record at the time VA issued of the prior decision.

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  • Learn how to ask for a higher-level reviewer to review your case.

  • The legacy VA appeals process has changed. Learn about the new decision review process and the 3 options available for disagreeing with a VA claim decision.

  • You can check the status of a VA claim or appeal online.