Citation Nr: 18160342
Decision Date: 12/27/18	Archive Date: 12/26/18

DOCKET NO. 15-20 659
DATE:	December 27, 2018
Entitlement to an initial rating higher than 50 percent for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is dismissed.
In December 2018, prior to the promulgation of a decision in the appeal, the Veteran withdrew from appeal the issue of entitlement to a higher initial rating for PTSD.
The criteria for withdrawal of an appeal by the Veteran are met. 38 U.S.C. § 7105 (b)(2), (d)(5); 38 C.F.R. § 20.204.
The Veteran served on active duty from April 1962 to June 1966. 
This matter comes before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) from a September 2013 rating decision.
Withdrawal of Appeal
The Board may dismiss any appeal which fails to allege specific error of fact or law in the determination being appealed. 38 U.S.C. § 7105. An appeal may be withdrawn as to any or all issues involved in the appeal at any time before the Board promulgates a decision. 38 C.F.R. § 20.204. Withdrawal may be made by the Veteran or by his or her authorized representative in writing or on the record at a hearing on appeal. Id. 
In the present case, the Veteran submitted a signed statement in December 2018 (VA Form 21-4138) in which he indicated that he wished to withdraw his appeal with respect to the issue of entitlement to a higher initial rating for PTSD. This statement constitutes a valid withdrawal of his appeal. See Delisio v. Shinseki, 25 Vet. App. 45, 57 (2011) (“withdrawal of a claim is only effective where the withdrawal is explicit, unambiguous, and done with a full understanding of the consequences of such action on the part of the claimant”). The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has not addressed the criteria as to a written request to withdraw a claim. See Acree v. O’Rourke, 891 F.3d 1009, fn. 2 (Fed. Cir. 2018) (“Resolution of Acree’s appeal turns on the requirements necessary for an effective oral withdrawal of a claim at a Board hearing. We express no view on the criteria that must be satisfied when a veteran submits a written request to withdraw a claim”).

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As the Veteran has withdrawn the appeal as to this issue, there remain no allegations of errors of fact or law for appellate consideration. Accordingly, the Board does not have jurisdiction to review the issue on appeal, and the appeal is dismissed.
Jonathan Hager
Veterans Law Judge
Board of Veterans’ Appeals

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