Board of Veterans Appeals Now Focusing on Virtual Hearings Due To The COVID-19 Virus

The Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) is making changes to keep Veterans safe from exposure to COVID-19 while continuing its mission of providing hearings and deciding appeals.

  1. The Board has suspended all travel board, video and Central Office hearings through at least May 1, 2020. Virtual hearings remain available.

    We ask Veterans to work with their representatives to reschedule hearings. Veterans who prefer to wait for travel board, video or central office hearings to resume will receive top priority in hearing rescheduling.

    Click here for information on virtual hearings.

  2. The Board will Advance on Docket (AOD) appeals for Veterans who have been diagnosed with COVID-19; Click here to find out how to file for AOD and what documentation is required.

  3. During this National emergency, the Board will now accept typed signatures on AMA Notices of Disagreement (NOD)VA Form 10182, in lieu of a wet signature.

  4. VA’s current regulations provide flexibility for veterans to meet existing timelines by requesting to extend the filing periods of certain documents for good cause. The Board understands that the current situation may create challenges for Veterans/appellants in meeting some deadlines, therefore the Board may consider requests for good cause to: submit notices of disagreement (38 CFR 20.203(c)) and to submit substantive appeals (38 CFR 19.53) in individual cases. Veterans/appellants will need to request extensions in writing.

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