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BVA Receives More Help

Reprinted from PN January 2010

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adding four new veterans’ law judges to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adding four new veterans’ law judges to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA), the body to which veterans, dependents, and survivors can go when they are dissatisfied with decisions about claims for benefits. The board currently has 60 veterans-law judges, and the additional members will help deal with a heavy appellate caseload.

Veterans-law judges are attorneys experienced in this field and in reviewing benefits claims. They are the only ones who can issue BVA decisions. Staff attorneys, also trained in veterans law, review the facts of each appeal and assist the board members.

In fiscal year 2008, the board decided 43,757 appeals and handled 48,804 cases in fiscal year 2009. Most of their cases involve claims for disability compensation and pensions.

 

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