The Veteran Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 became law on August 23, 2017 (Pub L. 115-55). It is also known as the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA). You can read the law in full on Congress.gov.
Your claim is reviewed by a more senior claims adjudicator and involves:
The reviewer, who identifies or learns of a duty to assist error, can return the claim to the regional office for correction. At the time of application, you or your representative can request an informal conference to identify errors of law or fact in the decision.
You can submit or identify new and relevant evidence to support your claim. VA will provide assistance in developing the evidence.
This option allows you to appeal directly to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. You can choose between three options:
VBA Support: 1-800-827-1000
GI Bill: 1-888-442-4551
Find your nearest VA Benefits office
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington DC 20420
Last updated January 12, 2024