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    The Appeals Process Overview
    Was your recent VA disability compensation award not enough? Have you been denied VA education, pensions, or health care benefits?

The VA Claims Appeals Process

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    The Appeals Process: Step 1
    The 1st step in the appeal process is to file a written appeal with the local VA office or medical center that made the decision.
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    The Appeals Process: Step 2
    After receiving an appeal, VA will mail you a Statement of the Case describing the facts, laws, & regulations.
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    The Appeals Process: Step 3
    You can represent yourself or you can choose to be represented by a Veteran's Service Organization or state's veterans department
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    The Appeals Process: Step 4
    Once you have filed your appeal with your local VA office it will be forwarded to the Board of Veterans Appeals.
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    The Appeals Process: Step 5
    If you wish you can request a personal hearing, a meeting between you and a the official who will decide your case.
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    The Appeals Process: Step 6
    The Board will notify you when it gets your appeal from the local VA office. When your turn arrives, your file will be examined
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    The Appeals Process: Step 7
    If you disagree with the Board's final ruling, you can appeal to the Court of Veterans Appeals for Veterans Claims within 120 days