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VA RIN: 2900-AQ80 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Aggravation Definition 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends 38 CFR 3.306 and 3.310 to more clearly define aggravation in service connection claims.  The new definition incorporates interpretive guidance from case law; inclusive in this definition is the requirement of permanent worsening.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 3.306    38 CFR 3.310   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501(a)    38 U.S.C. 1153   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/11/2020  85 FR 56189   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/10/2020 
Final Action  07/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
David Eckert
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont NW,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 461-9700