Many of you write me and ask why it’s so difficult to get secondaries to DM2 approved (or recognized) by the VA . Well, duh. They don’t want to pay you, pilgrim. As I continue to point out, that’s what insurance companies do if at all possible. And when you’re the only insurance company in town, this is easy.
Thus, it behooves one, as I have always suggested, to use the system they employ against them. This is where their very own training letter comes in handy. 2000-06 is a compendium of all the diseases and afflictions that are part and parcel of DM2. VA will deny that they have anything to do with your individual claim but here they acknowledge it and attempt to acquaint their raters with the phenomenon. By using this and quoting from it, you prove that you didn’t arrive in America recently on the USS Mayflower nor were you born last night.
TL 00-06 has something for everyone. Scroll down to find that essential ingredient you need to buttress your contentions. VA cannot very well argue it is not pertinent or only applicable to someone else’s claim and therefore not precedental. In this business, you take your victories where you can find them.
In addition to that, I was sent this helpful hint: