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I got my "white" envelope, guess brown is out of style now. I was declined for DJD of Cervical spine(not service connected). Reasons were:

1. The evidence shows that cervical spine arthritis existed prior to service. There must be objective evidence of worsening of a pre-existing condition in order to establish service connection by aggravation. There is no evidence that the condition permanently worsened as a result of service.

2. VAMC exam conducted on August 18, 2014, notes that you were treated for and diagnosed with DJD of the cervical spine with radiculopathy on March 20, 2009, which was 5 months prior to your active duty service of August 4, 2009.

3. VA exam conducted August 4, 2014, notes that your cervical spine arthritis was not aggravated by your military service,

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1. excerpt from C&P exam: 2. Medical history
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Describe the history (including onset and course) of the Veteran's cervical spine (neck) condition (brief summary):
veteran had sustained a vehicle accident while on orders 5 months before he deployed in Iraq ,it was a rollover accident. he was stationed in
Wisconsin
and he believe he had normal cervical spine X-ray they were reporeted normal, without a fracture and it's only during deployment in 2- 3 2010 that he complained of bad neck pain and numbness in hands in Monterey VA in 2014 they had X-rays of his shoulders and was told that
his issues were coming from his neck , he had neck arthritis ; he was sent to TMC while in Iraq and complaining of his neck and was told that neck was
ok to continue his duties and he did current symptoms are constant 6/10 pain , and if turns his neck shoots to a 8/10 and disrupts his sleep. Re his MOS he was in transportation with lots of driving heavy truck and as well a s lifting daily about 35- 50 lb. daily plus all they usual weight they had to carry on ther back.

TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION REQUESTED: Direct service connection

OPINION : Direct service connection

Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of (a)neck condition that is at least as likely as not (50 percent or greater probability) incurred in or caused by
(the) long term wear of ACH and poor road conditions while serving in Iraq? Rationale must be provided in the appropriate section.

c. Rationale: REVIEW OF VISTA WEB 3/20/09 SHOWS EVIDENCE OF THE ROLL OVER ACCIDENT; C SPINE X-RAY WERE TAKEN AT THE TIME WITH EVIDENCE OF MILD DDD AS WELL AS EVIDENCE OF WHIPLASH INJURY AS TYPICAL REPORTED FINDINGS WHICH IS A
RISK FACTOR FOR CHRONIC NECK ISSUES AND DJD/ DDD WITH RADICULOPATHY

No exam notes in my record show it was not service connected, no exam on August 4, 2014

They were given my detailed record of retirement points to verify any active duty or drill dates.

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Buddy Statement:

I served with SGT Benjamin during our deployment to COB Speicher, Tikrit, Iraq in 2009-2010. As the Communications NCO for the 724th Transportation Company, I spent time both at the headquarters and on the road maintaining the radios out on the convoys. During pre-deployment training we conducted convoy training in heavy body armor and helmets with heavy night vision attachments. This extra gear combined with the weapons carried across our shoulders, caused an undue amount of stress on our necks, upper backs, knees and other joints. During the deployment, our missions required us to drive M915A2 semi trucks with air ride seats. Even while wearing the seat belts, the seats never really worked well. They were consistently inoperable rendering them sitting flat against floor of the truck removing any injury prevention or comfort they previously provided. The constant bumping caused pain to shoot up and down the spine. The seats that did work, bounced us up so far it was a regular occurrence to hit our heads on the ceiling of the small truck cockpit. The worst were the highway checkpoints. We had to maintain a speed of 50-60 miles per hour to prevent the enemy from timing our movements and hitting the convoy with IEDs. This high speed of course led to even more jarring up and down movements in the vehicle causing irreparable mis-alignment of vertebrae for many and mild traumatic brain injuries for a few.
SGT Benjamin is suffering the scars from his service. This letter hopefully sheds some light on the difficulties of the duties we performed over seas. And the repercussions of performing those duties. I highly recommend SGT Benjamin receive his full benefits for service connected disability.

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Are you saying the denial did not refer to the C & P of August 2014?

Did the VA have the buddy statement, but ignored it?

The rollover accident. ....did this pre -exist your service ? or is VA just saying that to try to deny the claim?

Is there proof of the rollover in your SMRs?

Or was your claim for' aggravation' of a pre service injury?

Can you scan and attach the decision here (The Reasons and Bases Part) and also the evidence list.

(Cover C File numberm name and address prior to scanning it)

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This is not a CUE. Your claim in not final. You want to appeal this. If your spine was hurt in roll over accident that is still service connected.

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