I didn't get the 2009 date typed in after the service period.
Also did this doctor have a copy of your SMRs to develop the nexus statement?
If so, it would have been good if he directly referred to dates and entries of the incident that caused these problems.
You could send VA ,with this opinion, copies of highlighted SMRs to show the injury and treatment for it.
Still VA might see that he did not refer directly to the actual SMRs and would not give this IME any weight.
Thank you all for your advice and direction. If i am going the 3.156 route. Do I need to wait till after the NOD time frame has run out? Or Should I file it now within the 1 year time frame giving them an opportunity at de novo? If i do certified mail, is it the date of mailing or the date of recieved by them that counts?
Oh, no, it is not a waste of time!!! I started with a 10% rating in 1973 for "Nervous Condition" and now I have TDIU and Housebound. All claims together bring me $3500 a month tax free. You may be young now, but if PTSD gets worse it could totally disable you and can cause other secondary conditions. FILE THE CLAIM! If you get 10% or 30% that gets your foot in the door and never let them get that foot out of the door by neglecting to respond to C&P exams or ignoring to file NOD or other appeals.
I would think BVA would remand back to VARO because they are the ones that made the bad decision. I could be wrong on this. I also think you could go to Vet Court on this but then you probably should hire lawyer who will get some of your retro if you get any on remanded issues. You don't want your TDIU claim to languish some place in VA system. Did you submit evidence that you could not work solely due to SC conditions? I have heard that AMC is a black hole where claims go to remain in limbo for years. I have never had a claim at AMC. These are all diversions dreamed up by the VA to stall your claim. What rating did you get?