INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING DECISION REVIEW REQUEST: SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM
IMPORTANT: Please read the information below carefully to help you complete this form quickly and accurately. Some parts of the form
also contain notes or specific instructions for completing that part.
Use this form to request a SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM of the decision you received that you disagree with. A SUPPLEMENTAL
CLAIM is a new review of an issue(s) previously decided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) based on submission of new and
relevant evidence. For additional information on the SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM process or other decision review options such as a
higher-level review and appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals, visit https://www.va.gov/decision-reviews/.
Submit your SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM request to the local VA office or processing center identified on your decision notification letter. It
is important that you keep a copy of all completed forms and materials you give to VA. This form has several key components, which,
when filled out completely and accurately, will decrease the amount of time it takes to process your SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM request.
This form may only be submitted for review of an issue(s) related to one benefit type (Compensation, Pension/Survivors Benefits,
Fiduciary, Insurance, Education, Loan Guaranty, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, Veterans Health Administration, or National
Cemetery Administration). If you would like to file for multiple benefit types, you must complete a separate SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM
request form for each benefit type.
You may contact your accredited representative (attorney, claims agent, and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) representative) to
assist you in completing this request form. If you have not already selected a representative, or if you want to change your
representative, a searchable database of VA-recognized VSOs, VA-accredited attorneys, claims agents, and VSO representatives is
available at https://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/index.asp. Contact your local VA office for assistance with appointing a
representative or visit www.ebenefits.va.gov.
You can also ask VA to help you fill out the form by contacting us at the number provided on your decision notification letter or at
1-800-827-1000. Before you contact us, please make sure you gather the necessary information and materials (decision notification
letter, etc.), and complete as much of the form as you can.
SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR DECISION REVIEW REQUEST: SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM
Part I - Claimant's Identifying Information
Please note that it would assist VA if you provide all the personal information in Part I. However, if you provide certain information
specific to the claimant such as the claimant's last name and Social Security Number or VA file number, VA will be able to identify the
claimant in our system and would not necessarily consider this request incomplete if other information in Part I, such as the claimant's
address and telephone number, is excluded. This request form may only be completed for review of an issue(s) related to one benefit
type. Select only one benefit type in Item 12. If you would like to file for multiple benefit types, you must complete a separate
SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM request for each benefit type.
Part II - Information to identify the issues for SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM
The purpose of this section is for you to identify, in item 13A, each issue decided by VA that you would like VA to review as a
SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM. Please refer to your decision notification letter(s) for a list of adjudicated issues. You should also enter the
date of VA's decision notice letter for each issue, if possible. Only those issue(s) that you list on this form will be considered as part of
your SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM. For those issues you do not list on this form, you will still have one year from the date of the decision
notification letter to file a SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM for those issues to maintain eligibility for the earliest effective date for any granted
benefits , or to have them reviewed in a different lane. For proper processing and in order to receive consideration for the earliest
effective date possible, if you are filing a supplemental claim within one-year of a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for
Veterans Claims, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, or Supreme Court of the United States, identify the date of the
court decision in item 13B and attach a copy of the decision with this form.
Upon receipt of a Statement of the Case (SOC) or Supplemental Statement of the Case (SSOC) in the legacy appeals system, you may
elect to continue your appeal either in the legacy appeals system or in the modernized review system. Your decision notice contains
further details. If you are filing this form to opt-in to the modernized review system for any issues decided in the SOC or SSOC, you
must provide notice to VA of your decision to leave the legacy appeal process for those issues. To do so when using this form, please
check the box for “OPT-IN from SOC/SSOC” in item 13 and list the issue(s) in the SOC or SSOC for which you are seeking review
under item 13A as instructed above. Your selection of the SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM option does not prevent you from changing the
review option under the modernized review system (in accordance with applicable procedures) before VA renders the supplemental
claim decision on an issue.
Please note that by checking the “OPT-IN from SOC/SSOC” box in item 13 you are acknowledging the following: I elect to participate
in the modernized review system. I am withdrawing all eligible appeal issues listed on this form in their entirety, and any associated
hearing requests, from the legacy appeals system to seek review of those issues in VA's modernized review system. I understand that I
cannot return to the legacy appeals process for the issue(s) withdrawn.