After the VA receives a NOD from a veteran, it will prepare the Statement of the Case (SOC) for all issues that were not granted service connection or the maximum rating. The SOC is an explanation of the decision, including a cover letter that gives instructions about the appeal process. Also included in the SOC is a list of the issues being decided in the claim, a summary of evidence, the pertinent laws and VA regulations that relate to the claim, and the decision and reasoning behind each issue. The SOC may include helpful information in order for the veteran to prepare his or her appeal, but the most important thing to remember about the SOC is that the veteran has 60 days from the date of the SOC cover letter to send in VA Form 9, which is the substantive appeal. Failure to respond to the SOC within 60 days by filing VA Form 9 may result in the appeal being closed and the decision becoming final.
After watching this video, you will have learned:
- How to calculate the CORRECT deadlines for filing your VA Form 9 Appeal to Board of Veterans’ Appeals
- What a Statement of the Case looks like.
- The 4 Parts of the Statement of the Case that you NEED to understand and verify
- Tips to make your arguments in your VA Form 9
Appeal to Board of Veterans’ Appeals BETTER based on what you read on the Statement of Case
- How to tell if the VA made some basic errors in denying your claim.
- Much more!