I have followed this forum for many years and with the advice provided on here, you have helped me to advocate for my husband to receive a 80% rating at this time. We have 2 appeals going- 1 BVA that is from 2012 Claim and another at local RO from 2016.
The purpose of this post is I wanted to make everyone aware that if you are filing an NOD and use the VA.gov website to obtain the form 21-0958, the form online is outdated and no longer accepted.
We learned the hard way, by completing the form and submitting with our very detailed appeal. We then received a letter informing us the form was outdated and no longer accepted. The Evidence Intake Center did not say why it was outdated, which form version to use nor attach the proper form. Only after I searched the VA Forms Library, did I find the newest version of form 21-0958 should have a revision date of Sept 2018. I then completed that one and resent. I had to file complaint with White House Vets line in order to protect the original claim date, because the Evidence Intake Center had also notified us in another letter that we lost our 12 month window of time and had to reapply.
Shout out to a Supervisor in our local RO office who received the complaint and called us personally, he walked the NOD through and secured our original claim date.
So, please check the revision date of the NOD you are using - obtain the form from the VA Library, not the pages dedicated to completing the NOD. Hopefully, after the complaints, they will finally update the form that is now 4 years old on the site!