A Veteran, 50 years later, filed a claim for compensation for a service-connected back injury.

A Veteran, 50 years later, filed a claim for compensation for a service-connected back injury. Unfortunately, no medical records were available. Consequently, the VA denied service connection, and refused to order a current medical examination. Upon, the veteran’s appeal, the Federal Court held medically competent evidence is not required in every case to establish service-connection sufficient to make the minimal showing of nexus required to mandate a medical examination. It may be possible to establish a nexus through lay evidence, like that provided through testimony of the veteran in this case.

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