If your claim is going nowhere fast, remeber these 3 key elements: Caluza, Caluza, Caluza
Caluza vs Brown is a landmark case that defined what it takes to get service connected. Its as simple as 1,2,3, but you would be suprised at how many claims make it to VA absent a nexus, which is Caluza element number 3. They are:
1. Current diagnosis. Your doctor must have diagnosed you. No diagnosis, no benefits.
2. In service event or aggravation. You could have had a broken leg, been exposed to excessive noise, or a bomb could have blown up and you lost your legs. Or, you may have had something before service that got worse (aggravation).
3. Nexus. This is the famous statement, by your doctor, that your (current diagnosis #1 is at least as likely as not related to your in service event, number 2).
Please, please dont go to the Board (of Veterans Appeals) without your Caluza elements documented. You will lose almost every time. DONT COUNT ON YOUR VSO TO CHECK THIS FOR YOU…THEY DONT>
WORSE: Dont “YOU” assume you have all this, instead READ YOUR FILE AND ENSURE ITS DOCUMENTED. It isnt enough for you to know you have the Caluza elements documented, The BVA judge will (or VARO) will want to see it, too.