Read this decision and then tell me someone isn’t half a bubble off. Here’s the punchline:
The specialist opined that it was likely that the Veteran’s hepatitis C was related to the drug use but opined that it was less likely than not related to service because the long-term drug use involved only 2 years of in-service drug use as opposed to 23 years of post-service drug use. Here, the Veteran’s competent statements, which the Board finds to be credible, indicate that during service and for a long time thereafter he used drugs to self-medicate for the low back pain associated with his service-connected low back disability. In light of that factual background and the VHA specialist’s opinion linking the Veteran’s 25-year use of drugs to the onset of his hepatitis C, the Board finds that the evidence supports the Veteran’s claim. As such, given the opinion offered by the VHA specialist, the Board finds that the Veteran’s hepatitis C is proximately due to his service-connected low back disability.
I wish I could do that “Awwwerrrh? Tim Allen does so well on Home Improvement. This decision certainly deserves one.