VA Form 4107VRE Your Rights to Appeal Our Decision

What Is VA Form 4107VRE?

VA Form 4107VRE, Your Rights to Appeal Our Decision provides an overview of the appeal process on claims for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) benefits. These benefits include diagnostic, social, medical, psychological, economic, independent living, assistive technology, counseling, vocational, educational, training, and employment services, which help veterans to overcome existing obstacles to access, return to, or maintain employment.

The latest version of VA 4107VRE Form was released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in February 2018 with all previous editions obsolete. A printable VA Form 4107VRE fillable version is available for download or can be found through the VA website.

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YOUR RIGHTS TO APPEAL OUR DECISION
We have reached a decision on your claim for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
benefits. If you disagree with our decision, you may do any or all of the following actions; however, you may
only take one action at a time.
• Submit new evidence to support your claim.
• Request an informal meeting.
• Request an administrative review.
• Start an appeal by submitting a Notice of Disagreement.
IF YOU DISAGREE WITH OUR DECISION, YOU CAN:
1. Send us new evidence to support your claim.
You may send any new evidence to the address included on our decision letter (referred to here as the original
decision letter), as long as it is submitted prior to completion of an appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals.
We will consider your evidence as long as it is evidence we have not already seen and it relates to your claim.
Your letter should tell us how the new evidence should change our earlier decision. After our review of the
new evidence, we will let you know in writing whether the new evidence changes our decision.
2. Request an informal meeting to discuss our decision.
Within 30 days from the date of our original decision letter, you can request an informal meeting with your
assigned case manager. An informal meeting is a means for VR&E staff to ensure that you understand our
decision on your claim and to provide an opportunity to clarify any issue(s) regarding your claim. During an
informal meeting, a member of VR&E's supervisory staff may be present, if requested. During the meeting,
you may present new evidence that relates to your claim. After the informal meeting, and our review of the
new evidence, we will let you know in writing whether the new evidence presented at the informal meeting
changes our decision.
3. Request an Administrative Review of our decision.
You may also request an administrative review of our original decision by informing your case manager in
writing within one year from the date on our original decision letter. The administrative review involves the
review of only evidence that was previously submitted. If you have new evidence you would like to submit,
you may do so as instructed in paragraph 1 or 2 above. Please note that you cannot request an administrative
review if you have already started the process to appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals on the same issue(s)
within this claim.
Administrative reviews for decisions on entitlement to VR&E benefits and development of a rehabilitation
plan by the VR&E Officer are conducted by VR&E Service at VA Central Office in Washington, DC.
Administrative reviews for decisions on development of a rehabilitation plan or adverse actions, such as
reduction or termination of VR&E benefits, are conducted by the VR&E Officer. When the administrative
review is complete, you will be notified of the administrative review decision in writing.
4. Make an Appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board).
a. How do I start my appeal?
To begin your appeal, write us a letter telling us that you disagree with our decision. This letter is called
your “Notice of Disagreement” (NOD). If you disagree with more than one issue, please tell us in
your letter each issue you are appealing. Send your NOD to the address included on our original
decision letter.
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YOUR RIGHTS TO APPEAL OUR DECISION
We have reached a decision on your claim for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
benefits. If you disagree with our decision, you may do any or all of the following actions; however, you may
only take one action at a time.
• Submit new evidence to support your claim.
• Request an informal meeting.
• Request an administrative review.
• Start an appeal by submitting a Notice of Disagreement.
IF YOU DISAGREE WITH OUR DECISION, YOU CAN:
1. Send us new evidence to support your claim.
You may send any new evidence to the address included on our decision letter (referred to here as the original
decision letter), as long as it is submitted prior to completion of an appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals.
We will consider your evidence as long as it is evidence we have not already seen and it relates to your claim.
Your letter should tell us how the new evidence should change our earlier decision. After our review of the
new evidence, we will let you know in writing whether the new evidence changes our decision.
2. Request an informal meeting to discuss our decision.
Within 30 days from the date of our original decision letter, you can request an informal meeting with your
assigned case manager. An informal meeting is a means for VR&E staff to ensure that you understand our
decision on your claim and to provide an opportunity to clarify any issue(s) regarding your claim. During an
informal meeting, a member of VR&E's supervisory staff may be present, if requested. During the meeting,
you may present new evidence that relates to your claim. After the informal meeting, and our review of the
new evidence, we will let you know in writing whether the new evidence presented at the informal meeting
changes our decision.
3. Request an Administrative Review of our decision.
You may also request an administrative review of our original decision by informing your case manager in
writing within one year from the date on our original decision letter. The administrative review involves the
review of only evidence that was previously submitted. If you have new evidence you would like to submit,
you may do so as instructed in paragraph 1 or 2 above. Please note that you cannot request an administrative
review if you have already started the process to appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals on the same issue(s)
within this claim.
Administrative reviews for decisions on entitlement to VR&E benefits and development of a rehabilitation
plan by the VR&E Officer are conducted by VR&E Service at VA Central Office in Washington, DC.
Administrative reviews for decisions on development of a rehabilitation plan or adverse actions, such as
reduction or termination of VR&E benefits, are conducted by the VR&E Officer. When the administrative
review is complete, you will be notified of the administrative review decision in writing.
4. Make an Appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board).
a. How do I start my appeal?
To begin your appeal, write us a letter telling us that you disagree with our decision. This letter is called
your “Notice of Disagreement” (NOD). If you disagree with more than one issue, please tell us in
your letter each issue you are appealing. Send your NOD to the address included on our original
decision letter.
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b. How long do I have to start my appeal?
You have one year from the date of our original decision letter (not from the date of an administrative
review decision) to start an appeal of our decision. This means your NOD must be postmarked or
received by us within one year from the date of our original decision letter. In most cases, you cannot
appeal a decision after this one-year period has ended.
c. What happens if I do not start my appeal on time?
If you do not start your appeal on time, our decision will become final. Once our decision is final,
we will not revisit our decision unless you:
• Show that our decision contained an obvious error, and that error clearly changed the outcome of
our decision, or
• Send us new evidence that relates to the issue you appealed.
d. What happens after VA receives my Notice of Disagreement?
When VA receives your NOD, we will send you a Statement of the Case. A Statement of the Case
describes the facts, laws, regulations, and reasons that we considered or used to make our decision. We
will also send you a VA Form (VAF) 9, "Appeal to Board of Veterans' Appeals", with the Statement of
the Case. If you want to continue your appeal to the Board after receiving a Statement of the Case, you
must complete and return VAF 9 to the address on our decision letter.
You must submit the completed VAF 9 within one year from the date of our original decision letter, or
within 60 days from the date that we mail the Statement of the Case to you, whichever provides you
with more time. If you decide to complete an appeal by filing a VAF 9, you have the option to request a
Board hearing. Hearings often increase wait time for a Board decision. It is not necessary for you to
have a hearing for the Board to decide your appeal. It is your choice.
e. Where can I find out more about the VA appeals process?
You can find a "plain language" pamphlet called "How Do I Appeal", on the Internet at:
http://www.bva.va.gov/How_Do_I_Appeal.asp. Additionally, you can find the formal rules for the VA
appeals process in title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20. You can find the complete Code of
Federal Regulations on the Internet at: http://www.ecfr.gov. A printed copy of the Code of Federal
Regulations may be available at your local law library.
5. Can I get someone to help me with my appeal?
You can have someone represent you, if you wish.
• You can find a list of Veterans Service Organizations that will represent you for free at
http://www.va.gov/vso, or
• An attorney or agent can represent you, but may require you to pay for their services. VA cannot
pay any attorney or agent fees.
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Your Rights to Appeal Our Decision

In accordance with the VA decision appeal form, there are several courses of action to take, if a veteran disagrees with the initial decision:

  • Submitting new evidence in order to support the claim. Any new evidence can be sent to the address mentioned in the VA decision letter. This evidence will be considered if it is new and relevant to the claim. The form 4107VRE VA recommends to describe how the new evidence should change the VA's opinion showing an obvious error helping them to come to a different decision;
  • Requesting an informal meeting with the assigned case manager to discuss the decision. It is a means to ensure that the claimant understands the decision and a chance to clarify any issues relating to the claim. If requested, a supervisor may be present during this discussion. After this meeting, the VA lets the claimant know if the new evidence changes their original decision;
  • Requesting an administrative review of the initial VA decision. A claimant is eligible to contact the assigned case manager within one year from receiving the decision letter to request an administrative review. It involves the review of the previously submitted evidence. A claimant is notified of the administrative review decision with a letter;
  • Making an appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals. A claimant has one year to start the appeal process. To begin the appeal, it is necessary to write a Notice of Disagreement and send it to the VA. The VA replies with a Statement of the Case and the VA Form 9, Appeal to Board of Veterans' Appeals, which in turn are to be submitted with a request for a Board hearing.

VA Appeal Form 4107 Series

The Department of Veterans Affairs VA Form 4107VRE has four other related forms:

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