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.
Hoping the presenter will make more VA Claims related CLEs
It would be helpful to see a CLE program on an analysis of recent cases, VA rules and other relevant factors regarding the top 10, or top 20 conditions veterans experience as a (1) primary, and (2) secondary service connected disability. It involves a fair amount of medical knowledge too so it would be fabulous to see a disability doctor and VA disability lawyer co-present and analyze several actual medical or disability conditions. An injury to a finger for example, can involve different criteria to an injury to a knee and the presentation of the VA filing and appeal differ. I am making my way through your other programs on VA matters so perhaps i will come across more details on this as i do so.
Well done, by a well qualified presenter of the material
I appreciate him giving contact info for followup questions.