Any veteran can search prior decisions by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) at the following: Link to BVA Decisions. The BVAs search engine was inoperable for a good portion of 2012, however, it is now up and running.
The Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) is an adminstrative tribunal within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where members of the BVA review claims determinations by the VA Regional Offices. In essense, the BVA is the adminstrative body that will handle a veteran’s appeal if the Regional Office denies a claim in whole or in part.
The link above allows a veteran to search prior BVA decisions on a particular topic (for example, “Agent Orange USS Talladega”) and see how the BVA interpreted the existing regulations at the time of the decision to the facts of that veteran’s case. This can be an invaluable resource for a veteran in advancing their claim.
* As a practice tip, I have found that many of the decisions are not formatted properly for viewing. If you right click your mouse, “Select All”, “Copy”, and then “Paste” into your word processor, you will be able to view the entire decision.*
If you have questions or concerns regarding your pending VA disability compensation claim please do not hesitate to contact Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg at (732) 382-6070 or online at www.finkrosner.com.