Steps to Apply and Appeal for Service Connected Veteran's Benefits to the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA)

 

EVENT VETERAN'S DUE TIMETABLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
RO Initial Claim (VA Form 21-526)  
Reopening of previously denied claim requires new and material evidence
RO Acknowledgement of claim  
Submission of evidence  
Request for hearing before RO  
RO scheduling of C&P Exam If missed, RO can deny claim
RO Rating Decision  
Notice of Disagreement NOD to RO One year from RO Rating decision mailing date
RO Statement of Case SOC  
Submission of new evidence to RO May be treated by RO as date of sufficient evidence to grant benefits on that date
RO Supplemental Statement of Case SSOC  
Appeal to BVA at RO (VA Form 9) 60 Days from Statement of Case (SOC) (or 1 year from Rating Decision)
Appeal to BVA at RO (VA Form 9) 60 Days from Supplemental Statement of Case (SSOC) (1 yr from Rating decision)
Notice of Disagreement NOD to RO 60 Days from SSOC if the claim issue is new - Not in previous Rating Decision
RO acknowledgement of BVA Appeal  
BVA request for additional evidence and legal arguments  
Submission of BVA evidence and arguments 60 or 90 days from BVA request
BVA development of evidence  
Personal Appearance before BVA or RO Hearing Officer  
BVA Decision of final denial  
BVA Decision of partial benefits grant  
BVA decision of Remand Case returns to RO for new decision
Appeal to US Court of Veterans Claims (CAVC) 120 days from BVA decision of final denial or partial grant of benefits
Retaining an attorney after BVA Final Decision to reopen One year from BVA decision of final denial or partial grant of benefits
CAVC payment of court costs and notice of appearance 14 days from date of CAVC appeal
Filing of Designation of Record on Appeal from VA (60 days)  
Counterdesignation of Record on Appeal 30 Days from filing of designation of Record on appeal
Transmission of Record on Appeal from VA (30 days)  
Supplementation of the Record on Appeal at any time for good cause
Veteran's brief to be filed 60 days from CAVC Clerk's notice that Record on Appeal has been filed
VA Brief to be filed (60 days after Veteran's Brief filed)  
Veteran's Reply Brief 14 days from service of VA brief
Joint Motion for Remand  
Court Order granting Joint Motion for Remand  
EAJA Petition due (for attorney only) 30 days from Court Order approving of Joint Motion for Remand
Court Decision  
EAJA Petition due (for attorney only) 30 days from Court Mandate
Appeal to US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 60 days from judgment of CAVC

The next level of appeal is to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.