New and relevant evidence in a veterans disability claim is evidence not previously submitted to the VA for consideration that tends to prove the facts at issue in a claim. New and relevant evidence is part of the new disability benefits appeals process put in place by the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA). The AMA system applies to veterans who filed appeals after Feb. 19, 2019. This system gives veterans three options to appeal a rating decision. Two of those options, the supplemental claim lane and the Board of Veterans’ Appeals Notice of Disagreement lane, allow veterans to present new and relevant evidence in order to support their claim. You may also hear the term “new and material evidence.” This language is used in the old appeals process, commonly referred to as the legacy system, to describe a similar concept.
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