This is the process by which a veteran challenges a VA decision on their disability claim, seeking a review by higher authorities. 

Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA)

Conducts reviews of appealed VA decisions, providing an additional level of consideration. A Veterans Law Judge presides over hearings at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and renders decisions on appealed claims.

Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC)

If BVA rejects a claim, a veteran can appeal to the CAVC.  These reviews determine whether BVA law was applied correctly.

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC)

If a veteran disagrees with a decision from the CAVC, the last step is to appeal to the CAFC. If this fails, the case may be escalated to the Supreme Court.