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Currently, the Board is generally distributing cases to Veterans Law Judges (VLJs) for adjudication with docket dates up to February 2017.
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Advancement on the Docket (AOD)

The Board is required by law to review appeals in docket order unless unusual hardship or “other sufficient cause” has been shown to advance a case on the docket. 38 U.S.C. § 7107(a) and 38 C.F.R. § 20.900(c). If applicable, you may submit brief, but complete, reasons to the Board for advancing your case on the docket, which must include supporting documentation to factually demonstrate reasons for advancement. The following are some examples of unusual hardship or other sufficient causes, along with recommended supporting documentation:

  • Severe financial hardship (bankruptcy petition, home foreclosure notice, homelessness);
  • Serious illness (physician’s statement documenting terminal or grave illness, preferably with clinical findings);
  • Advanced age (defined as 75 years or more);
  • Administrative error (resulting in a significant delay in docketing your appeal)

Motions for advancement on the docket, along with supporting documentation, should be submitted to the Board at the address or fax number listed below. Please remember to include your name, the Veteran’s name (if different), and your claim number.

Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP)

In November 2017, VA launched RAMP with the goal of providing eligible appellants with the earliest possible resolution of their disagreement with VA’s decision on their claim.  RAMP provides you with a voluntary opportunity to enter the new, more efficient, review process outlined in the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which will be fully implemented in February 2019.  Please contact your representative or your local VA regional office for more information about opting in to RAMP; you may also obtain additional information here.

Contact Us

By Mail:
Board of Veterans’ Appeals

P.O. Box 27063

Washington, DC 20038

By Fax:(202) 495-6803

By Email:For a status report on your appeal before the Board, click Ask a Question. In your email, please be sure to include your name, file number, and specific request.  PLEASE NOTE that we respond to emails in the order in which they are received.  We may request additional information to verify identity in order to protect the privacy of our Veterans.

If your claim is not before the Board, please contact your local VA Regional Office (RO) or one of the other Points of Contact listed below.

Helpful Information

  • If you would like to have a hearing before a VLJ, consider requesting a video hearing. Please keep in mind that a Board hearing is entirely optional and is not necessary for the Board to decide your appeal. Hearings often increase wait time for a Board decision. To save wait time, instead of requesting a hearing, you may write down what you would say at a hearing and submit it directly to the Board. The VLJ assigned to your case will carefully review and consider any statements you submit before deciding the appeal.
  • Once the Board issues a decision (including a remand), we no longer have the authority to act on the appeal. Please review "Your Rights to Appeal Our Decision" included with your Board decision.  You may also contact the Appeals Management Office (AMO) via email or phone at 1-800-827-1000, your local RO or your representative (if you have one to advocate on your behalf).  If your residence is in a foreign country, contact the VBA Foreign Service Program

Other Points of Contact

If you are seeking:

  • Legal assistance with a claim, contact your local RO for a list of Veterans Service Organizations in your are 
  • Copies of your military records, contact the National Personnel Records Center
  • Information about an upgrade or review of your discharge, complete the application form at Military Discharge Upgrade (DD Form 293).
  • Correction of your military records, complete the application form at Correction of Military Records (DD Form 149). 
  • A medal upgrade, contact the appropriate military department Public Affairs Office.
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To report fraud, waste, or abuse in any VA program, contact the VA Office of Inspector General.

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