Virtual Appeal Hearings Coming
By PVA National Staff
In the near future, veterans who are challenging decisions made by VA may be able to make their case via virtual hearings. The Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) and VA’s Office of Information and Technology have been working on a system to provide nationwide availability of virtual hearings that veterans can access using their mobile phone or laptop via the VA Video Connect app. The virtual hearings are based on the Veterans Health Administration’s Tele-health Platform which eliminates the need for travel and lets veterans participate in their appeals hearings from the comfort of their homes.
PVA endorsed the use of telehearings by the Board in testimony to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee earlier this year. It can be very challenging for many veterans to travel to a VA Regional Office and the use of telehearings may increase the likelihood of veterans making their BVA hearings as scheduled. It could be particularly advantageous for veterans whose travel options are impeded by catastrophic disabilities.
Click here for more information about the Veterans Health Administration’s Tele-health Platform.