Filing an Appeal to the CAVC

If you have a denial from the Board of Veterans Appeals, you have 120 days to appeal that decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Here at The Veterans Consortium, we can help with your appeal to the Court. We will review your case and provide you with a free attorney if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a veteran (or qualifying family member of a veteran);
  • You have received a denial from the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA);
  • You do not have an attorney to help you; and,
  • We find at least one meritorious issue we can argue before the Court.

Remember, you only have 120 days to appeal a denial from the BVA. See below for how to appeal, as well as the forms needed to appeal to the Court and apply for our Program.

 

There are two ways you can apply:

Click Here to Apply Online

or

Download, print, complete and mail your application forms. Please also send us a copy of your Board of Veterans Appeals decision!

Court forms:

Pro Bono Program Forms:

Steps:

  1. Complete and print the PDFs
  2. Mail, scan or email the completed forms along with your Board of Veterans Appeals decision to:

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
2101 L Street NW, Suite 225
Washington, DC 20037
F: (202) 628-8169
intake@vetsprobono.org

You have 120 days from the mailing date of your final BVA decision to file an appeal. The Court cannot usually extend this time, so file your appeal as soon as possible!

  • Complete the Court’s Form 1 (Notice of Appeal) and send it to the Court. See the Court's website for additional information: U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Submit the Court's Form 4 (Declaration of Financial Hardship) to waive their filing fee; or in the alternative, you may pay the one-time $50 filing fee.
  • If you are coming close to your 120-day deadline, you can write your own Notice of Appeal to the Court. Simply write on a piece of paper (handwritten or typed): 'I want to appeal my BVA decision dated _______.' Make sure you include your name, current mailing address, phone number, email address (if you have one), and your VA Claim number.
  • You do not need a lawyer to file the appeal.

Mail, email, or fax the completed Court form(s) to:

Clerk of Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
625 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Suite 900
Washington, DC 20004-2950
P (202) 501-5970
F (202) 501-5848 *
Email: self-rep@uscourts.cavc.gov
*NOTE: If the Appeal is faxed to the Court, contact the Court to confirm that the Notice of Appeal is received. The Court is not responsible for faxed, but unconfirmed, Notices of Appeal.

If emailing the completed Notice of Appeal form to self-rep@uscourts.cavc.gov; you will get immediate confirmation that it was received.

SEND YOUR NOTICE OF APPEAL FORM DIRECTLY TO THE COURT. DO NOT SEND IT TO THE VA!
  • A Notice of Appeal will still be considered on time even if the Court does not receive it within the 120-day deadline IF you mailed it to the Court’s correct address AND it contains a legible U.S. Postal Service postmark dated within the 120-day time limit. Regular, first-class mail is fine. You do not need to send it express mail, priority mail, or certified mail. (Note that a Federal Express, UPS or other delivery service date stamp, or foreign postal service postmark, does not count, and if you send your Notice of Appeal in any of these ways, the date the Court receives your Notice of Appeal will be your filing date.)

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
(888) 838-7727 (toll-free); press option 3
(202) 628-8164, press option 3
intake@vetsprobono.org

We also provide resources to those who do not have a final decision from the Board here.