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A higher-level review on the Regional Office (“VARO”) level is done by an experienced adjudicator and is essentially a de novo review of the claim. However, the reviewer will only the evidence in the record when the decision under appeal was made.  This means that you cannot submit new evidence to the higher- level reviewer and expect him or her to consider it, as they are not allowed to do so.  While there is no right to hearing under this process, you are entitled to an informal conference with the reviewer in which you can discuss the errors made previously in your case.  After his or her review, the reviewer will issue a decision that will be exceptionally detailed.  If your appeal is denied, then your options are limited to filing a supplemental claim or filing a Notice of Disagreement to the Board of Veterans Appeals


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