Citation Nr: 1761186
Decision Date: 12/29/17 Archive Date: 01/02/18
DOCKET NO. 16-20 869 ) DATE
On appeal from the
Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Des Moines, Iowa
Entitlement to an increased rating for chronic low back strain, currently rated as 20 percent disabling.
Appellant represented by: The American Legion
ATTORNEY FOR THE BOARD
J. Connolly, Counsel
The Veteran had active military service from October 1956 to October 1958.
This case comes before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) on appeal from a December 2015 rating decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office (RO) in Des Moines, Iowa. In April 2017, the Board remanded this case.
FINDING OF FACT
On November 8, 2017, prior to the promulgation of a decision in the appeal, the Board received notification from the Veteran that a withdrawal of the appeal is requested.
CONCLUSION OF LAW
The criteria for withdrawal of a Substantive Appeal by the Veteran have been met. 38 U.S.C. § 7105(b)(2), (d)(5) (2012); 38 C.F.R. §§ 20.202, 20.204 (2017).
REASONS AND BASES FOR FINDING AND CONCLUSION
Under 38 U.S.C. § 7105, the Board may dismiss any appeal which fails to allege specific error of fact or law in the determination being appealed. A Substantive Appeal may be withdrawn in writing at any time before the Board promulgates a decision. 38 C.F.R. § 20.202. Withdrawal may be made by the Veteran or by his or her authorized representative. 38 C.F.R. § 20.204. The Veteran has withdrawn this appeal and, hence, there remain no allegations of errors of fact or law for appellate consideration. Accordingly, the Board does not have jurisdiction to review the appeal and it is dismissed.
The appeal as to the issue of entitlement to an increased rating for chronic low back strain is dismissed.
S. L. Kennedy
Veterans Law Judge, Board of Veterans’ Appeals
Department of Veterans Affairs