Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) - BVA Response to COVID-19

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Board of Veterans’ Appeals Response to COVID-19

  • As of 8/8/2020

The Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) is making changes to keep Veterans safe from exposure to COVID-19 while continuing its mission of providing hearings and deciding appeals.

  1. Along with continuing virtual tele-hearings, the Board has resumed Central Office hearings. The Board is working with VBA and VHA to offer video hearings where regionally available. Travel board hearings remain temporarily suspended. The Board continues to assess the situation in partnership with Veterans Service Organizations and representatives and will resume in-person hearings as soon as possible.

    We ask Veterans to work with their representatives to elect a virtual hearing or to reschedule hearings. Veterans who prefer to wait for travel board, video or central office hearings to resume will receive top priority in hearing rescheduling.

    Click here for information on virtual hearings.

  2. The Board will consider Advance on Docket (AOD) motions on appeals for Veterans impacted by COVID-19; Click here to find out how to file for AOD and what documentation is required.
  3. During this National emergency, the Board will now accept typed signatures on AMA Notices of Disagreement (NOD)VA Form 10182, in lieu of a wet signature.
  4. VA’s current regulations provide flexibility for VA to extend filing deadlines for good cause on a case by case basis. The Board understands that each Veteran/appellant has unique circumstances and the current situation may create challenges for many in meeting some deadlines, therefore the Board will consider requests to extend timelines for good cause. The Veteran or representative can file an extension request in advance or explain it at the time of filing the notice of disagreement or substantive appeal.


For updates on COVID-19 Click here