Interactive Form - Notice of Disagreement (NOD) of VA Claim Denial

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This letter packet is for veteran’s that have applied for a VA benefit claim and been denied. This resource will create a letter stating that you disagree with the VA rating decision about your claim and that you want to appeal the decision to the Board of Veterans Appeals. 

Law You Should Know
If you disagree with the rating decision you can write a statement to your local VA office saying that you disagree and you want to appeal the decision to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. This statement is called a Notice of Disagreement (NOD). See below for some major steps in appealing your VA claim denial.

Step 1: You file your original claim
Step 2: Claim decided and denied (O% rating) <- You are here
Step 3: Notice of Disagreement (NOD Letter)
Step 4: Statement of the Case
Step 5: Substantive Appeal (VA Form 9)
Step 6: You ask for a hearing
Step 7: Hearing with a Board Member
Step 8: Decision by Board of Veterans' Appeals
Step 9: Appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims 

Where do I send my Notice of Disagreement Letter (NOD)? You send your NOD to your local VA office. You can view contact information for your local VA office by state at:

When do I send my NOD? You must send your NOD within one (1) year of the date your local VA office mailed you its original decision denying your claim.

What does this form do?
This packet helps a former service member create letter providing a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) of a denied claim of VA benefits by Regional Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
This is an easy-to-use interactive form. The program will create a letter and instructions. All you need to do is:

  1. Answer a few simple questions.
  2. Print out your form (letter and instructions).
  3. Proofread and sign it.
  4. Make copies for your own records.
  5. Send the original to your Regional Department of Veterans Affairs Office. Click here for a list of Regional Offices by state.
  6. Send this letter and all other letter to the VA, by registered mail with a return receipt request. 


IMPORTANT NOTICE: You must have Microsoft Word or Word Viewer installed on your computer to use the interactive form packet. You can download Word Viewer for free here.

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