FROM THE ORIGINAL FREEDOM
VARO IN PHILADELPHIA
Here’s a real jetgun win with no baggage attached. Very interesting in light of the tattoo info.
Finally, a January 2012 opinion letter discussed numerous studies that considered the spread of disease through the use of air gun injections. In particular, one study at a VA medical facility included the conclusion that the risk of hepatitis C infection among those who served during the Vietnam era could have been due to jet inoculation. Based on these studies, the physician concluded that it was at least as likely as not that the Veteran because infected with hepatitis C as a result of air gun inoculation during basic training. The Board finds the January 2012 opinion of significant probative value, as it is the sole medical opinion of record that provides a definitive conclusion. Cf. Obert v. Brown, 5 Vet. App. 30, 33 (1993); Beausoleil v. Brown, 8 Vet. App. 459, 462 (1996); Libertine v. Brown, 9 Vet. App. 521, 523 (1996) (holding that any medical link that is speculative, general or inconclusive in nature is of no probative value). The January 2012 opinion letter also provided a rationale and basis for the opinion provided.
Well, there you go. Where do we get a copy of that study? Seems Vets could just include this decision in their filing as evidence to point to. Let the vA excavate it and insert it in your claim. This was decided by a regular, long-term VLJ and not a 90-day wonder acting like one.