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Veterans Affairs: The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims-Judicial Review of VA Decision Making
Congressional research rept.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Congress, through the Department of Veterans Affairs VA, extends various benefits to veterans and certain of their family members. Sometimes veterans may not agree with the VAs initial decisions concerning the award andor the amount of these benefits. Within the VA, there is an extensive appealreview process that concludes with the decision of the Board of Veterans Appeals BVA. Final decisions of the BVA may be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims CAVC, which is an independent federal court, entirely separate from the VA. With organizational and operational issues having been addressed by prior Congresses, the 111th Congress is considering legislation to deal with funding for the CAVC--H.R. 3082, H.Amdt. 315 to H.R. 3082, and S. 1407. A brief overview of the CAVCs historical and legislative background may help to give context to its current operation.
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