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Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP) Why can't I submit additional evidence to the higher-level reviewer?

Published 05/14/2018 09:19 AM   |    Updated 05/14/2018 09:43 AM
Why can't I submit additional evidence to the higher-level reviewer?
During a Higher-Level Review, VA will take a de novo, or "new," look at the previous decision based on all of the evidence of record at the time that you elect to opt into RAMP.  The Higher-Level Reviewer can overturn a previous decision based on a difference of opinion, or return a decision for correction.  If you would like to submit new evidence in support of your compensation claim or would like VA to assist you in gathering additional evidence, we encourage you to select the Supplemental Claim lane. You should consult your representative, if you have one, for assistance with selecting the lane that best meets your needs.