I knew this was hidden somewhere but it took a while. I had to go line by line in the VHA handbook. Squidly One had reported back to us that his PCP held up the crucifix and recited the incantation to fend off the devil Vet. What I find interesting here is that the VBA abrogates the responsibility for nexus letters when we well know that outcome. Imagine the attorney of the guy who rear ended you coming up and saying he’ll gladly represent you too-free. You see the analogy? Impartiality flies out the window and VA thinks the exact opposite because-hey- they’re your best friend and are there to serve you.
d. Medical Statements to Support VA Benefits Claims.
When honoring requests for medical statements by veterans for VA claims adjudication, care must be taken to avoid conflict of interest or ambiguity.
(1) Determination of causality and degrees of service connection for VA benefits is exclusively a function of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). VHA providers often do not have access to military medical records, and may not be familiar with all the health issues specific to military service, such as environmental exposure. As a result, they may not feel comfortable in stating causality of a current condition. However, this does not preclude VHA providers from recording any observations on the current medical status of the veteran found in the medical record, including their current functional status. All pertinent medical records must be available for review by VBA. NOTE: VHA continues to provide compensation and pension (C&P) examinations and reports as requested by VBA, as part of any new disability claims or review process.
(2) Requests by a veteran for assistance in completing a VA disability claim are to be referred to VBA through official channels
In other words, report any attempt by Vets to obtain a nexus letter. If they want one, make them go out and get it on the civilian market. Otherwise, they can get it free from the VBA. Marie Antoinette said it best- “Let them eat cake”.
What was that phrase again? Non adversarial environment in which to present our claims? Hush, child. I’ll take care of all those nexus thingies.