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    The Board of Veterans' Appeals (also known as "BVA" or "the Board") is a part of the VA, located in Washington, D.C.

    Board members review benefit claims determinations made by local VA offices and issue decisions on appeals. These law judges -- attorneys experienced in veterans law and in reviewing benefit claims -- are the only ones who can issue Board decisions. Staff attorneys, also trained in veterans law, review the facts of each appeal and assist the Board members. {38 U.S.C. §§ 7103, 7104}

    Anyone who is not satisfied with the results of a claim for veterans benefits (determined by a VA regional office, medical center or other local VA office) should read the "How do I Appeal" pamphlet. It is intended to explain the steps involved in filing an appeal and to serve as a reference for the terms and abbreviations used in the appeal process.