Whether in the Legacy system or under the Appeals Modernization Act, many claims for VA disability compensation end up at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. In many cases, Veterans ask for the opportunity to testify before a Veterans Law Judge. While content can be different depending on the type of case, there are some important things to remember when preparing testimony for a Board hearing.
In-Service Event: In a claim for service connection, it’s important to be prepared to talk about what happened in service or while on active duty that caused your current disability. Examples: Did you have a traumatic accident or injury to the claimed body part? What event was the stressor for your PTSD? What kind of symptoms were you having on active duty? Did you visit sick call for the injury?