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Borne the Battle #180: Benefits Breakdown: Appeals Modernization Part II

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Benefits Breakdown


Board of Veterans Appeals with Chairman Cheryl Mason

his week’s Borne the Battle begins where episode #169 left off, featuring guest Cheryl Mason, Chairman of the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA).


In this Benefits Breakdown, Chairman Mason talks about the third lane of Appeals Modernization. Where the first two lanes allow Veterans to appeal their compensation claim decision to a claims adjudicator, the third lane allows Veterans to appeal a compensation claim decision directly to the Board.

More importantly, Chairman Mason addresses many questions Veterans ask:

  • Which lane is right for you?
  • What are the differences between each lane?
  • How long will each take?
  • Should you work with a VSO?
  • How do you monitor the progress?

Chairman Mason oversees the Board’s 1100 personnel, its budget, and ensures the Board conducts hearings, decides appeals for Veterans and their families, and ensures a Veteran’s voice is heard.


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