This letter format is straight to the point, and you don`t need to use it. As always, it`s great to have a form to make it easier for you. The letter above should provide you with the content, not the format. Remember your intentions to be short and show that disability affects your current situation. There is no good format, but it is better to read it easily. I highly recommend entering the letter in relation to the writing. If you enter the message, the VA will see that you take the decision seriously, and you are professional. Finally, the manner in which you file your appeal may or may not play a role in the decision. At the top of the page, you want to include your name, address, phone number and email. The following information is used as a « letterhead » and can be provided. See below for format: If you write your letter of claim, you must be right to the point and do your best not to deviate.
The intention is to keep it simple, but to provide enough detail to the VA to make an informed decision. It may seem counter-intuitive to keep it half a page, but it`s going to do more good than harm. What for? NOD is defined as « a written communication of an applicant or his or her representative expressing dissatisfaction or displeasure with a judicial decision of the Agency or the jurisdiction of origin and the desire to challenge the result. » 38 C.F.R. No 20.201 (2012). You address the person you are writing starting with « Dear (name) » and start another paragraph in which you indicate that you are writing the letter of complaint of the VA decision. The first paragraph speaks briefly about your history and the cause of your disability. Make sure you are in agreement with the information in your medical records. It would be a good idea to have your medical records readily available to reference them. The NOD filing period is one year. This means that an applicant must submit his NOD within one year of the date the VA communicated the adverse decision by e-mail. The date of the notification letter is considered the date of sending.
In practice, do not wait until the last day of the one-year period to submit the NOD.