What is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney (POA) is an agreement that authorizes one person to act on behalf of another person. In the context of BVA proceedings, appellants often execute a POA with an accredited representative, such as a Veterans Service Organization (VSO), private attorney, or claims agent. This allows the representative, who is familiar with Veterans law and the VA claims/appeals process, to act on their behalf by submitting evidence and argument in support of the case. For a searchable list of accredited representatives, please click here.

You are not required to have a representative for any VA proceedings, to include BVA appeals, but if you would like one, you must submit a VA form that gives your designated representative the authority to act on your behalf. Click here to view and download the VA form to appoint a VSO, or click here for the VA form to appoint a non-VSO representative, such as a private attorney or claims agent. If you do decide to execute a POA, remember to submit the completed form to BVA by mail to: Board of Veterans’ Appeals, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC20420, or by fax to (202) 565-4720.