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Board of Veterans' Appeals

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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 decision on appeals.  These Law Judges, attoneys 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.   {38 U.S.C. §§ 7103, 7104} 

Anyone who is not satisfied with the results of a claim for veterans benefits (determined by a VA regional office, medical center, or other local VA office) should read the "How do I Appeal" pamphlet.  It 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. 

Download:How do I Appeal pamphlet .pdf

 


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The issuance or replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations must be requested in writing.

Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate military service branch division of the NPRC. Standard form (SF 180), available through the VA, is recommended to submit your request. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. For more information, or for the mailing address of the military branch office to submit your request to, call 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272) or visit the NPRC website at www.archives.gov