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  1. I do believe I have uncovered a CUE! Service medical treatment records from Da Nang and Japan Naval Hospital indicate shell fragments received by my brother from Vietnam booby trap explosion lodged in his arm, back of knee, and heel. Also the military separation physical exam shows scars at all three wound sites. However, at the time of his C&P exam in 1983, the orthopedic VA doctor indicated there was a metallic foreign body in his heel and stated "most likely from old trauma" and that the Naval hospital reported that "all shrapnels were removed". From that point forward, the VA completely overlooked his heel wound. He was granted a service connected disability of 0% for his arm and knee. No mention of his heel. At his recent C&P exam last month (filed for re-open claim) they did not x-ray his heel. This is like the example "a decision awarding benefits based on a single gunshot wound when the veteran had two gunshot wounds is a CUE". He still carries the shrapnel in his heel -- and limps from it -- and this was mentioned in his statement for the new re-opened claim. I am anxiously awaiting the new rating decision for his other disabilities -- PTSD, Schizophrenia, etc but this appears to me, as a novice, that there is certainly an argument for a CUE with the VA -- going back to 1983. Anyone ?
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