Government of Canada
Veterans Review and Appeal Board. www.vrab-tacra.gc.ca

Message from the Chair

John Larlee

Welcome to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board.

The Board was created by Parliament in 1995 to provide Veterans and other applicants with an independent avenue of appeal for disability decisions made by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC, the Department). To achieve this, we operate at arm's-length from VAC and our work is governed by the Veterans Review and Appeal Board Act (Opens a new window) and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board Regulations (Opens a new window).

The Board provides applicants with two levels of redress for disability pension and disability award decisions and the final level of appeal for War Veterans Allowance claims. Applicants have access to free representation (case preparation and presentation at Board hearings).

  • Review Hearing: This is the first level of redress. It is the only time in the process when applicants may appear before the decision-makers to provide oral evidence and tell their story.

  • Appeal Hearing: This is the second level of redress. It is a further opportunity for the representative to make oral or written arguments in support of a claim.

Our objective is to ensure that traditional Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) applicants and their families receive the disability benefits to which they are entitled under the law.

I invite you to explore our Web site to learn more about who we are and what we do.

John D. Larlee
Chair