5 Star Review: Service Connection of Depression for Veteran of Iraqi Freedom
The veteran in this case served in the Navy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, including deployment to Kuwait.
Upon his return stateside, after attempts to reintegrate to civilian life, he began to have family and other problems. He was diagnosed with multiple mental health conditions, including major depressive disorder, and the record was replete with evidence that most, if not all, of these conditions were associated with his military service.
After 2 VA psychiatric C&P exams, however, the VA failed to acknowledge the major depression or discuss it's relationship to service. When the BVA issued its decision it, too, failed to discuss major depressive disorder.
Mr. Attig and his team conducted an extensive review of the record in this case - both the veteran's c-file from the VA Regional Office and the Record Before the Agency at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
He prepared a preliminary pre-brief memorandum to the VA Office of General Counsel who agreed that remand was the appropriate remedy for this particular veteran's BVA decision.
The parties entered a Joint Motion to vacate and remand the case for a psychiatric exam addressing the veteran's major depressive disorder.
Attig | Steel coordinated with the law firm of Hill & Ponton to handle the veteran's remand to the BVA.
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Link to the BVA Decision on CAVC Website.
Link to the Joint Motion to Remand the CAVC Website.
OGC Attorney: Lindsay Gower
Veteran Representation at CAVC: Chris Attig (link to bio)
Board of Veterans Appeals Veterans Law Judge: M.E. Larkin
Regional Office: Houston, Texas VARO
Vets’ Rep at BVA: Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Date of BVA Decision: December 30, 2016
Date of CAVC Judgment on Reman: December 30, 2016