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Board of Veterans Appeals

Understanding the Appeals Process

Average Wait Time for a Decision from the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA)
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Board of Veterans Appeals Website

The Board of Veterans' Appeals (also known as "BVA" or "the Board") is a part of the VA, located in Washington, D.C.

Members of the Board review benefit claims determinations made by local VA offices and issue decisions on appeals. These Law Judges, attorneys experienced in veterans law and in reviewing benefit claims, are the only ones who can issue Board decisions. Staff attorneys, also trained in veterans law, review the facts of each appeal and assist the Board members.  

The BVA makes available a pamphlet, "How do I Appeal" for those not satisfied with a BVA claims determination. This pamphlet is intended to explain the steps involved in filing an appeal and to serve as a reference for the terms and abbreviations used in the appeal process.