Veterans Law Judges occupy unique positions of trust. The incumbent serves as a Veterans Law Judge in the Office of Appellate Operations (OAO) within the Board of Veterans' Appeals. Veterans Law Judges are recommended by the Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals and appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, subject to the approval of the President of the United States.Learn more about this agency
The Board of Veterans' Appeals mission is to honor America's promise to its Veterans by timely resolving their appeals under the law.
Veterans Law Judges preside over formal, quasi-judicial hearings, adjudicate appeals, and issue written decisions. On behalf of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Law Judges decide all questions of law and fact necessary to a decision by the Secretary under a law that affects the provision of benefits and services by the Secretary to Veterans and their dependents and survivors. Veterans Law Judges exercise certain powers as provided by law and exercise independent judgment in resolving appeals. Decisions will be final unless appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, may be further reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Veterans Law Judges will be required to conduct hearings in person, either in the National Capital Region or at a Department facility throughout the country, and/or remotely through video teleconferencing or other technology.
The types of appeals Veterans Law Judges must resolve include, but are not limited to, appeals concerning:
(1) Entitlement to, and benefits resulting from, service-connected disability or death;
(2) Dependency and indemnity compensation for service-connected death, including benefits in certain cases of in service or service-connected deaths and certification and entitlement to death gratuity;
(3) Entitlement to nonservice-connected disability pension, service pension and death pension;
(4) Training and Rehabilitation for Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities;
(5) Payment or reimbursement for unauthorized medical expenses;
(6) Burial benefits and burial in National Cemeteries;
(7) Benefits for persons disabled by medical treatment or vocational rehabilitation;
(8) Character of discharge;
(9) Validity of claims and effective dates of benefits; and
(10) Benefits for surviving spouses and children of deceased veterans.
In addition to the judicial duties of presiding over hearings and adjudicating and issuing appellate decisions, each Veterans Law Judge supervises a cadre of decision-writing attorneys and/or law clerks; provides training, as necessary, to colleagues and attorneys on matters of substantive and procedural Veterans' law; ensures cases are decided efficiently and expeditiously in accordance with the law; mentors and develops the attorneys and/or law clerks; is a collaborative member of the Board of Veterans' Appeals team; and adheres to the Department's ICARE values (integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence) while maintaining the highest ethical standards of public service.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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