I have several buddy letters, DBQ’s and nexus letters for an appeal I have. I’m also preparing another claim for other issues.
1. During an initial claim are buddy letters, DBQ’s and nexus taken into consideration?
2. Is lay evidence taken into consideration for the initial appeal or do they deny so you will have to appeal to the BVA?
Some of the issues I have are unfortunately not in my SMR due to poor documentation by the proper personnel who outranked me 100% of the time. I have to rely on lay evidence for my claim in most cases.
Thanks in advance