Text of the Fair Access to Veterans Benefits Act of 2010

This bill was introduced on April 16, 2010, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 16, 2010 (Introduced).

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2d Session

H. R. 5064


April 16, 2010

(for himself, Mr. Hall of New York, and Mr. Ackerman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the tolling of the timing of review for appeals of final decisions of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fair Access to Veterans Benefits Act of 2010.


Tolling of timing of review for appeals of final decisions of Board of Veterans' Appeals


In general

Section 7266(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—


by striking In order and inserting (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), in order; and


by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


The 120-day period described in paragraph (1) shall be extended upon a showing of good cause for such time as justice may require.


For purposes of this paragraph, it shall be considered good cause if a person was unable to file a notice of appeal within the 120-day period because of the person’s service-connected disability.





In general

Paragraph (2) of section 7266(a) of such title, as added by subsection (a), shall apply to a notice of appeal filed with respect to a final decision of the Board of Veterans' Appeals that was issued on or after July 24, 2008.



Any petition for review filed with the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims that was dismissed by such Court on or after July 24, 2008, as untimely, shall, upon the filing of a petition by an adversely affected person filed not later than six months after the date of the enactment of this Act, be reinstated upon a showing that the petitioner had good cause for filing the petition on the date it was filed.