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stressors, including examples of behavior changes [see Manual M21-1, Part VI, paragraph 11.38(c)(2) and Manual M21-1, Part III, paragraph 5.14(c)(8) (February 20, 1996)], as well as other alternative sources
under 38 C.F.R. § 20.901(d). And citing provisions of the Veterans Benefits Administration Manual M21-1, Part III, chap. 1. para. 1.03(a), and Part VI, chap. 2, para. 2.10(f) (1996), as equivalent to substantive
manual, Manual M21-1, considered retinitis pigmentosa as being of familial origin, thus, as existing prior to enlistment. M21-1 § 50.05d (1962). In a letter dated February 14, 1996, the Director of the
in effect, the Manual M21-1 PTSD provisions still specifically refer to the DSM-III-R. This version of the manual was adopted in 1987. See Manual M 21-1, PART VI, Para. 7.46(a) (1995) (sets forth detailed
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office (RO) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to an increased rating for the service- connected postoperative residuals
assist in the development of the claim. 38 U.S.C.A. § 5107; Murphy v. Derwinski, 1 Vet.App. 78 (1990). In order to show that a claim is well-grounded, there must be competent evidence of (1) a current
guided by the provisions of VA Adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1 (Manual M21-1) which refer to the third revised edition of the DSM. See e.g., Manual M21-1, Part VI, 11.38 (1996) (same PTSD criteria as
file and for the following reasons and bases, the Board decides that the preponderance of the evidence is against the claim of service connection for PTSD. FINDINGS OF FACTS 1. The veteran did not engage
of the claims. 38 U.S.C.A. § 5107; Murphy v. Derwinski, 1 Vet.App. 78 (1990). In order to show that a claim for service connection is well-grounded, there must be competent evidence of (1) a current disability
guided by the provisions of VA Adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1 (Manual M21-1) which refer to the third revised edition of the DSM. See e.g., Manual M21-1, Part VI, 11.38 (1996) (same PTSD criteria as
Manual M21-1 provisions regarding PTSD adjudication except where the manual is more favorable to a claimant. Where the Manual M21-1 imposes requirements not in the regulation that are unfavorable to a claimant,
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Winston- Salem, North Carolina THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for a left knee condition. 2. Entitlement to service connection
entrance examination in April 1966 there was a scar on the left side of the neck (1½" x ¼"), a scar on the chin (1" x ¼"), and two scars on the left wrist (1" x one-sixteenth" and 1" x ¼"). History
guided by the provisions of VA Adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1 (Manual M21-1) which refer to the third revised edition of the DSM. See e.g., Manual M21-1, Part VI, 11.38 (1996) (same PTSD criteria as
to timely provide a claims form, violated its own policy of mailing claims forms pursuant to M21-1, Part II, Chapter 5 (M21). M21-1 provides, in pertinent part, that the RO should [r]eview the [notice
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office (RO) in Buffalo, New York THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for post-traumatic stress disorder. 2. Entitlement to service
information related to his employment, in accordance with the VA Adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1 (M21-1), specifically, Part VI, Paragraph 7.08b. Furthermore, the RO must request such information from
103, 107 (1990). In particular, the Court called attention to then VA Manual M21-1 paragraph 5.25, now VA Manual M21-1 paragraph 5.06(c) which may be found in Part VI thereof. This provision expands on
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Nashville, Tennessee THE ISSUES 1. Character of service from September 25, 1975 to April 22, 1977. 2. Entitlement to service connection
will need to verify the existence of the veteran s claimed stressors. Nevertheless, the provisions of the VA Adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1 (Manual M21-1) pertaining to the adjudication of PTSD claims
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Winston- Salem, North Carolina THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 2. Entitlement
Citation NR: 9734881 Decision Date: 10/16/97 Archive Date: 10/24/97 DOCKET NO. 95-08 253 DATE ) On appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Reno, Nevada THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement
Manual M21-1 [hereinafter M21-1], Subchapter XII, para. 50.45 (Jan. 25, 1989), that required essentially the same elements that were incorporated in 38 C.F.R. § 3.304(f). Subsequently, the M21- 1 provisions
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in St. Petersburg, Florida THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for a chronic pulmonary disorder to include asthma and bronchitis.
even if certain claims are not well grounded, the Board must determine whether the RO complied with the claim development instruction in VA Adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1, and remand any not well-
requisites) clarification by examination or record review is mandatory. See revised 38 C.F.R. §§ 4.125 and 4.126; and M21-1, part VI, para. 7.46(e) (1995) and M21- 1, Subch. XII, para. 50.45(c) (1989),
symptomatology and the claimed inservice stressor. 38 C.F.R. § 3.304(f) (1996); see also VA ADJUDICATION PROCEDURE MANUAL M21-1 (MANUAL M21-1), Part VI, 11.38 (Aug. 26, 1996) (reiterating the three PTSD
expanded its duty to assist under 38 U.S.C.A. § 5103(a) as a result of a change in the VA Adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1, (M21-1) paragraph 1.03(a) of Part III and paragraph 2.10f of Part VI. In addition,
Manual M21-1 (M21-1) provides that the required credible supporting evidence of a noncombat stressor may be obtained from service records or other sources. Manual M21-1, part VI, 11.38.
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in St. Paul, Minnesota THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for a shrapnel wound to the left cheek. 2. Entitlement to service connection
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Winston- Salem, North Carolina THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to an increased (compensable) evaluation for lymphogranuloma venereum with groin
Masors v. Derwinski, 2 Vet.App. 181, 185 (1992) (quoting Godwin v. Derwinski, 1 Vet.App. 419, 425 (1991), and Jones v. Derwinski, 1 Vet.App. 210, 215 (1991) In determining whether evidence is new and
material evidence has been submitted to reopen a claim is one which the Board has a legal duty to address regardless of the actions of the RO. Barnett v. Brown, 8 Vet.App. 1 (1995). The Board further notes
by medical evidence, between current symptomatology and the claimed inservice stressor. 38 C.F.R. § 3.304(f) (1996); see also VA ADJUDICATION PROCEDURE MANUAL M21-1 (MANUAL M21-1), Part VI, 11.38 (Aug.
adjudicated under these provisions or applicable VBA ADJUDICATION PROCEDURE MANUAL, M21-1 (Manual M21-1) provisions whichever are more favorable to him. Regarding the occurrence of an inservice stressor,
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Montgomery, Alabama THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for hypertension. 2. Entitlement to service connection for a chronic
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in St. Petersburg, Florida THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for bilateral hearing loss. 2. Entitlement to an increased rating
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in St. Petersburg, Florida THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for residuals of a laceration of the head with contusion, to include
appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in St. Petersburg, Florida THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for a low back disorder. 2. Entitlement to an increased rating for
as NRL was the wrong source from which to request mustard gas exposure information in the instant case as the veteran is an Army veteran. M21-1, Part 3, Chapter 5, Subchapter II, Section 5.18 f (4) instructs
veteran s claimed stressors. Nevertheless, the provisions of the VA adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1 (Manual M21-1) pertaining to the adjudication of post-traumatic stress disorder provide that, where
nexus evidence. See Cohen v. Brown, 10 Vet. App. 128 (1997); Moreau v. Brown, 9 Vet. App. 389 (1996); Dizoglio v. Brown, 9 Vet. App. 163, 166 (1996). The VA Adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1 (M21-1) provides
Guard. According to the VA Manual M21-1, Part III, Chapter 4 (Change 41 July 12, 1995), the NPRC and the Army Reserve Personnel Center (ARPERCEN) are located in the same facility. However, the M21-1 instructs
1. The Board specifically asked the RO to advise the veteran, through his attorney, that he may submit, in accordance with M21-1, evidence that may be considered in lieu of missing service medical records
case must be remanded for this purpose, in compliance with Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Manual M21-1, Part III, Chapter 1, 1.03 (a), and Part VI, Chapter 2, 2.10(f) (1996). DECISION OF THE BOARD
a belief by a fair and impartial individual that his claim for service connection for hypertension is well- grounded. FINDINGS OF FACT 1. The appellant currently has hypertension. 2. Hypertension was not
DSM-IV in the recently revised VA general mental disability C.F.R. regulations now in effect, the Manual M21-1 PTSD provisions still specifically refer to the DSM-III-R as the source for diagnosing psychiatric
The provisions of the VA Adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1 (Manual M21-1) pertaining to the adjudication of PTSD provide that, where records available to the rating board do not provide objective or
Citation NR: 9734673 Decision Date: 10/14/97 Archive Date: 10/16/97 DOCKET NO. 96-16 130 DATE ) On appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Denver, Colorado THE ISSUES 1. Whether
established by medical evidence, between current symptomatology and the claimed in- service stressor. 38 C.F.R. § 3.304(f) (1996). The VA Adjudication Procedure Manual M21-1 (Manual M21-1) pertaining to
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