Starting in 2019, the VA began processing appeals through a new system called the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA). The AMA replaced the traditional Legacy process that required Veterans to file a Notice of Disagreement and a VA Form 9 in response to a VA Rating Decision and Statement of the Case prior to being heard by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. The AMA gives Veterans a choice of three different appeal “lanes” to pursue if they are disagree with the decision the VA makes on their initial claim for benefits.
All claims filed after February 18, 2019 have been processed through the new AMA system. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your initial claim you will have one of three options to appeal the decision within one year of your original decision: