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Hi all,

Do you think this is a CUE and if so tell me why.

On Sept. 9, 1983 vet filed an application for Compensation. On Sept. 15, 1083 it was written on Application "3101 SENT SMR'S - DID NOT PRINT - RIBBON WAS OFF". It was written by someone with the initial of CB. On 2-21-1984 Rating Decision states "Service medical records concerning this veteran are not available." A report form Dr. XX indicates he treated the veteran in 1978 for a right knee condition diagnosed as degeneration of knee, right. X-rays showed two screws in the upper tibia just below the joint surface probably due to a plateau type fracture. It goes on to state: "The evidence of record is insufficient to establish incurrence or aggravation of a right knee disability in military service. 8. NSC (KC, PTE) Degeneration of Knee, Right.

Vet NODed this decision on 5-1-84 and attached a Statement In Support Of Claim to his NOD 21-4138. On that form VA wrote on 4-19-85: "Not recog. as NOD at this time as vet furn. SMR;s not furn. to us by NPRC. They reopen his claim in place of his NOD. 3 signatures were signed off on 1984 and 1985 decisions.

Because VA had this vet's SMR's but failed to put a ribbon in printer to print them out it caused them to rate him as NSC qne the fact that they wouldn't accept his SMR's from him and not accept his NOD that he got from NPRC which he ended up getting a 0% rating in 1985 wouldn't these be clear and unmistakable errors?

Your replies to this topic is greatly appreciated.

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Hi all,

Do you think this is a CUE and if so tell me why.

On Sept. 9, 1983 vet filed an application for Compensation. On Sept. 15, 1083 it was written on Application "3101 SENT SMR'S - DID NOT PRINT - RIBBON WAS OFF". It was written by someone with the initial of CB. On 2-21-1984 Rating Decision states "Service medical records concerning this veteran are not available." A report form Dr. XX indicates he treated the veteran in 1978 for a right knee condition diagnosed as degeneration of knee, right. X-rays showed two screws in the upper tibia just below the joint surface probably due to a plateau type fracture. It goes on to state: "The evidence of record is insufficient to establish incurrence or aggravation of a right knee disability in military service. 8. NSC (KC, PTE) Degeneration of Knee, Right.

Vet NODed this decision on 5-1-84 and attached a Statement In Support Of Claim to his NOD 21-4138. On that form VA wrote on 4-19-85: "Not recog. as NOD at this time as vet furn. SMR;s not furn. to us by NPRC. They reopen his claim in place of his NOD. 3 signatures were signed off on 1984 and 1985 decisions.

Because VA had this vet's SMR's but failed to put a ribbon in printer to print them out it caused them to rate him as NSC qne the fact that they wouldn't accept his SMR's from him and not accept his NOD that he got from NPRC which he ended up getting a 0% rating in 1985 wouldn't these be clear and unmistakable errors?

Your replies to this topic is greatly appreciated.

Though I'm certainly no expert, it appears to me that this would be CUE. I arrived at this position after reading:

38 CFR 3.105 Revision of decisions.

(a) Error. Previous determinations which are final and binding, including decisions of service connection, degree of disability, age, marriage, relationship, service, dependency, line of duty, and other issues, will be accepted as correct in the absence of clear and unmistakable error. Where evidence establishes such error, the prior decision will be reversed or amended. For the purpose of authorizing benefits, the rating or other adjudicative decision which constitutes a reversal of a prior decision on the grounds of clear and unmistakable error has the same effect as if the corrected decision had been made on the date of the reversed decision.

38 CFR 3.156 New and material evidence.

( c) Service department records. (1) Notwithstanding any other section in this part, at any time after VA issues a decision on a claim, if VA receives or associates with the claims file relevant official service department records that existed and had not been associated with the claims file when VA first decided the claim, VA will reconsider the claim, notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this section. Such records include, but are not limited to:

(i) Service records that are related to a claimed in-service event, injury, or disease, regardless of whether such records mention the veteran by name, as long as the other requirements of paragraph ( c) of this section are met;

(3) An award made based all or in part on the records identified by paragraph ( c)(1) of this section is effective on the date entitlement arose or the date VA received the previously decided claim, whichever is later, or such other date as may be authorized by the provisions of this part applicable to the previously decided claim.

(4) A retroactive evaluation of disability resulting from disease or injury subsequently service connected on the basis of the new evidence from the service department must be supported adequately by medical evidence. Where such records clearly support the assignment of a specific rating over a part or the entire period of time involved, a retroactive evaluation will be assigned accordingly, except as it may be affected by the filing date of the original claim.

All that being said, I'm sure someone with more experience and knowledge than I have will soon chime in. Good luck!

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