You have to hand it to Dr. Cecil. He gets a lot of static for helping and does not always come away with a win. Often, the Vet who seeks him out is less than forthright about his/her medical history and leaves him with egg on his face for supplying a nexus letter based on untruths.
I guess what is equally amazing about this is that it came out of the Oakland RO and didn’t require a decade to accomplish. Someone did receive a bonus for the initial denial. Jetgun decisions at the RO are nonexistent and are all booted to DC automatically-ergo the bonus.
Here, a Vet with absolutely no risk factors other than service in the eighties comes forward and all vA can summons up is that it can’t be the jetguns. No other etiology is explored or investigated. The clear implication is that he is lying or hiding some seminal event that could explain the etiology.Unfortunately, vA cannot hang any ornaments on this Christmas tree. Additionally, they are trying to pit an ARNP up against a gastroenterologist with a specialty in hepatology-never a good idea in the best of circumstances. Here it backfired and the VLJ rightfully awards service connection to the Vet.
Study this one long and hard. It’s the proof needed to assemble a winning claim for jetguns. I know all of you have heard on other Vet’s help sites that this is Mission Impossible but it really isn’t. That’s why I wrote my book. Jetgun claims are unarguably one of the hardest to win by far but vA has made any claim difficult beyond your wildest dreams anyway. Thus winning this is just marginally harder and requires some specialized finesse. We are happy to supply that here. Additionally, Dr. Cecil is, too.