Single Judge Application; Claims for service connection for PTSD based on an in-service personal assault are governed by 38 C.F.R. § 3.304(f)(5),5 which lowers the evidentiary burden for corroborating the occurrence of an in-service personal assault stressor. See VA ADJUDICATION PROCEDURES MANUAL REWRITE (M21-1MR), pt. IV, subpt. ii, ch. 1, § D(17)(a), (m) (recognizing that veterans seeking service connection for PTSD based on personal assault “face unique problems documenting their claims,” including difficulty producing evidence to support the occurrence of a stressor, because “many incidents of personal trauma are not officially reported”);

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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR VETERANS CLAIMS
NO. 13-0504
BD, APPELLANT,
V.
ERIC K. SHINSEKI,
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, APPELLEE.
Before BARTLEY, Judge.
MEMORANDUM DECISION
Note: Pursuant to U.S. Vet. App. R. 30(a),
this action may not be cited as precedent.
BARTLEY, Judge: Upon motion of the appellant, the record in this case has been sealed and
the veteran-appellant is identified only as “BD.” The veteran appeals through counsel a December
15, 2011, Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) decision denying service connection for post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD). Record (R.) at 3-12. This appeal is timely and the Court has jurisdiction
to review the Board’s decision pursuant to 38 U.S.C. §§ 7252(a) and 7266(a). Single-judge
disposition is appropriate in this case. See Frankel v. Derwinski, 1 Vet.App. 23, 25-26 (1990). For
the reasons that follow, the Court will set aside the December 2011 Board decision and remand the
matter for further development, if necessary, and readjudication consistent with this decision.
I. FACTS
The veteran served on active duty in the U.S. Army from February 1980 to September 1986.
R. at 464. The veteran’s service medical records (SMRs) reflect gynecological complaints and
diagnoses during that period, including the following: Gonococcal arthritis and gonococcal
septicemia in February 1 1981 (R. at 743); irregular menstrual cycles in October 1981 (R. at 731) and
February 1986 (R. at 609); undiagnosed vaginal discharge in November 1981 (R. at 732) and
November 1984 (R. at 744); dysmenorrhea2 in March 1983 (R. at 778), April 1983 (id.), and June
1984 (R. at 669); vaginitis3 in August 1983 (R. at 767); a “tubal pregnancy . . . which