The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Appeals Modernization Act) became law on August 23, 2017 (Pub L. 115-55). You can read the law in full on Congress.gov, or at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2288.
Here is what the new law will do:
Under the new Appeals Modernization Act, you’ll have one of three options to choose from for review.
This review is done at the VA office that made the original decision. Here’s what is involved:
This review is done at the VA agency that made the original decision. It allows you to submit new evidence to support your claim. We will provide assistance in developing the evidence.
This lane provides you with the ability to appeal directly to the VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals (the “Board”). You'll have the ability to choose between three options for review at the Board: