Here’s everything you need to know on Nexus requirements for disease/injuries. Even though this is laid out for HCV claims, the same tenets apply to all diseases except PTSD. VA has now made it law that only VA-approved doctors can do the bent brain nexus. This appears to be an attempt to eliminate the disease by making it impossible to attain. It figures. Nevertheless, no one can prevent you from submitting your own shrink’s take on your mental state. Once its in the records, they surely can’t ignore it or pretend you didn’t submit it. It’s also possible that they will overrule this new regulation so it would pay to have it in the file for a future appeal.
updated August 18th, 2015
Please also read this if you choose to utilize a jetgun defense for Hepatitis C.