The VA announced last week that all pending appeals claims for veterans affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael will be prioritized. This means that if you live in one of the affected areas, your pending benefits appeals claim will be moved up on the VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals docket, speeding up the decision process.
There is a time limit on the claims advancements. The VA expects these Advancements on the Docket (AOD) to last for 6 months following the dates of the hurricanes. AODs for veterans affected by Florence will run from October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019 and by Michael from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.
After the 6-month period, the AODs will be reassessed by the Board. For a list of counties affected by the AOD decision, please visit https://www.bva.va.gov/Natural_Disasters.asp.
This AOD process will be automatic for all pending benefits claims with addresses of record in the affected areas. Veterans and other claimants do not need to do anything as long as the address on the claim form is current. If you have moved since you filed your claim, we recommend that you update your address of record as soon as possible.