The Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) is an administrative tribunal within the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), located in Washington, D.C. It determines whether U.S. military veterans are entitled to claimed veterans' benefits and services. The Board's mission is to conduct hearings and decide appeals properly before the Board in a timely manner. The Board's jurisdiction extends to all questions in matters involving a decision by the Secretary under a law that affects a provision of benefits by the Secretary to Veterans, their dependents, or their Survivors. Final decision on such appeals are made by the Board based on the entire record in the proceedings and upon consideration of all evidence and applicable provisions of law and regulation. The Board's review is de novo.
The Board is led by the Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals. The Chairman is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Chairman position was vacant from February 2011 - December 2017. On September 5, 2017, President Donald J. Trump nominated Cheryl L. Mason of Virginia to be Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals for a term of six years. Chairman Mason was sworn in by Dr. David J. Shulkin, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, on December 3, 2017.
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