CAVC Appeals (U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims)

While you might be entitled to collect tax-free VA benefits as a result of a disability or other current condition linked to your active service in the U.S. military, that does not mean your initial application will not be denied. When your VA benefits application is denied, you are left with the option to accept the denial and not receive the compensation you need. 

Appealing a decision concerning your VA benefits claim can be a complex and time-consuming process. Your appeal will generally move through the following levels: 

  • Regional office – your initial denial will generally come from the regional office where you initially submitted your application. Your application may not have had sufficient evidence, could have contained mistakes, or other problems the VA determined made your claim insufficient to be granted. 
  • Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) – when your appeal is not granted at the regional level, there are a few pathways to continue forward with your appeal, including filing one with the BVA. Appeals filed with the BVA can take several years to process. 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) – When your BVA appeal is denied, you can take your appeal to the CAVC. 

The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) is a national court of record that was established under Article I of the United States Constitution. The CAVC has exclusive jurisdiction to provide judicial review of final decisions made by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). The Court bases its decisions on the record before the Court, in addition to the parties’ arguments. Oral arguments may also occur in some cases.

The CAVC Provides an Impartial Review 

The purpose of the CAVC is to provide the veteran with an impartial review of administrative decisions concerning the following: 

  • Entitlement to benefits for service-connected disabilities 
  • Survivor benefits 
  • Education payments 
  • Waiver of indebtedness 
  • Rating evaluation
  • Effective dates
  • Other benefits 

An aspect of the mission of the CAVC is to provide all veterans with equal access to the Court, to promote both the public trust and confidence in the Court. 

Discuss Your VA Compensation with a Veterans’ Benefits Law Firm

If your VA benefits claim has been denied by the BVA, to learn how a VA compensation attorney from our veterans’ benefits law firm can help you collect the full benefits you are entitled to through the CAVC, give us a call at 888-915-3843, or visit our site to schedule a free case evaluation