Submitting a VA Appeal in Guam
Even the most thoroughly prepared claim for disability benefits may not yield the desired result for Veterans. If an initial claim is denied, rated too low, or given an improper effective date, the Veteran has the right to appeal. This is also the first step in the VA claims process that a Guam VA disability lawyer from Berry Law could help.
The appeals process can be long, but as long as you have preserved your effective date by keeping appeals open, you are entitled to back pay for the whole period of the process.
There are several different ways to appeal a ruling based on what you believe the VA’s error was. Berry Law helps Veterans cut through the red tape and file high quality appeals that have helped Veterans recover over $100 Million in backpay owed to them by the government.
We have attorneys and advocates in various locations throughout the US, but the location of your attorney does not actually impact the process because all claims are Federally adjudicated. Therefore, you do not actually need a VA disability lawyer in Guam to help fight the VA on your behalf. Berry Law has helped Veterans in many foreign countries and US territories, along with Veterans in every state in the US.
Most appeals begin with filing a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) with your VA Regional Office. This form notifies the VA that you disagree with the decision that has been made. NODs can be as simple as filling out the form and commenting “I disagree” or can include dozens of pages of supporting material. The Guam Vet Center is located in the First Hawaiian Bank Building at 400 Route 8, Suite 301, Maite, GU 96910.
The Veterans Affairs office will reply to your NOD with a Statement of Case (SOC), which presents the state of the case and is sent to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). The BVA will review the material to make its own determination. If you feel that the BVA has made an incorrect ruling, the next step is to appeal to the CAVC.
If you would like help appealing a VA decision, you can contact a Guam VA disability lawyer at Berry Law for a free consultation on what your options may be.