Appeals Modernization Program

On August 23, 2017, the President signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Appeals Modernization Act) into law, creating a new process that allows VA to improve the delivery of benefits and services to Veterans and their families.

The Appeals Modernization Act establishes a new review process for VA claims that is timely, transparent and fair.

The new law: 
·      Modernizes the current claims and appeals process
·      Includes three review options for disagreements with decisions
·      Requires improved notification of VA decisions
·      Provides earlier claim resolution
·      Ensures you receive the earliest effective date possible

There are three options for review.

Option 1: Higher-level Review
Your claim is reviewed by a more senior claims adjudicator and involves:

·      A higher-level de novo review (new look) of the decision
·      No submission of new evidence allowed
·      The possibility of overturning the decision based on:
·      A difference of opinion
·      A clear and unmistakable error

The reviewer, who identifies or learns of a duty to assist error, can return the claim to the regional office for correction. As your attorney I can request an informal phone call to identify specific issues. 

Option 2: A Supplemental Claim Lane
New and relevant evidence can be identified and submitted to support your claim. 

Option 3: Appeal Lane for Appeals to the Board
This is an appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. You can choose between three options: 
·      Direct review: You have no new evidence and do not want a hearing. 
·      Evidence submission: You have new evidence, but do not want a hearing.
·      Hearing: You have new evidence and want to testify before a Veterans Law Judge.

Call my office for an appointment to discuss your options in obtaining your benefits.


The information provided is for informational purposes only, and is not to be construed as legal advice on any subject.  No attorney-client relationship is formed until the case is accepted by our office and an agreement is signed.

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Mary Woodruff is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to prepare, present and prosecute claims for veterans' benefits. 

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