More than 81,000 veterans received appeals decisions from the Department of Veterans Affairs during fiscal year 2018, which ended Oct. 1, the agency reported. The number exceeds the prior year’s decisions by 28,000. The agency attributes the increase to changes in applicable laws that streamline the appeals process. Veterans who disagree with initial decisions on benefits and disability ratings now can have their case reviewed at a higher level, and file supplemental claims, at the office where they originally filed their claims. If they are not happy with those results, they can then appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.