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Appealing the appointment of a VA Fiduciary

You've been assigned a fiduciary or the VA denied your choice of a family member to be your fiduciary and you disagree with its decision, now what do you do? This page will guide you through appealing VA fiduciary decisions. more...

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Need help with appealing your VA Benefits Claim to the Court or help with a Discharge Upgrade?

Help with Discharge Upgrades. Help with VA benefit denials from the BVA (a high-level appeal). more...

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NICS Relief Program: Appealing the Loss of Gun Rights

Veterans who are assigned a fiduciary are automatically entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This means that they lose the right to own, carry, or purchase firearms. Because veterans who are unable to manage their money may still be responsible gun owners, an appeal process called the NICS Relief Program exists. This page explains the process of removing your name from the NICS so you can continue to own and purchase guns. more...

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VA Disability - Step 7: The Notice of Disagreement (VA Appeal)

Overview The VA Regional Office [VARO] decides your claim initially. But if you disagree with their decision, you can ask for it to be reviewed within the VA,  and then by the courts. First, you can request review by a Decision Review Officer within VA; Second, you can appeal a denied claim to the Board of Veterans' Appeals. From there you can appeal an unsatisfactory result to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. more...

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VA Disability - Step 8: Filing A Court Appeal

If the BVA denies your claim If you are not satisfied with any part of the Board decision, you can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (the "Veterans Court").  The Veterans Court only handles BVA appeals on behalf of veterans. The Court website also has useful information about the appeal process. Should I file an appeal with the V more...

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