Q: Can I appeal the VA Regional Office's decision?
Yes. If you are not happy with the answer you received from the VA Regional Office, you can and should appeal. To appeal the decision, you would need to complete a Notice of Disagreement (NOD). This document is your opportunity to explain why you disagree with VA's original decision. Once you have completed the NOD you can request a hearing with the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). If you still don't get a favorable answere from the BVA you can take your case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. It is statistically beneficial for you to consult with a private attorney, who is experience with Veteran Affairs, during the appeals process with the BVA and/or the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.