On August 23, 2017, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA) was signed into law and became effective on February 19, 2019. Decisions issued before this date are still subject to the former system; however, decisions issued on or after this date are now subject to the new process under AMA.
The AMA consists of three options to choose from when appealing a VA decision. The three options are (1) file a supplemental claim; (2) request a higher-level review; or (3) appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals. This program, taught by veteran and attorney Tom Kniffen, will explain the requirements for appeals of decisions issued after February 19, 2020, and further explain the process of appealing a claim.
Review the details of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA)
Explain the difference of filing a claim before and after the passing of the AMA
File an appeal of VA decisions under the new AMA
Tom Kniffen is a veteran. He is a former Judge Advocate with the United States Air Force. Tom worked as an appellate attorney for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs [VA], defending VA before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims [CAVC], and as Section Chief of the VA Compensation Service Regulatory Affairs Office, from 1999 – 2015. In both positions, his responsibilities focused upon VA benefits. Since 2015 when he founded his law firm, www.kniffenlaw.com, Tom has represented veterans and their dependents before CAVC, the United State Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and VA at the Agency Level.