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Hello! A question about the secondary connection avenue.  If one gets a secondary connection for say depression/anxiety due to tinnitus, can other health issues be connected to the secondary condition.  Maybe in other words, does the secondary condition of depression/anxiety then become "service connected" in that other issues can be connected to the depression/anxiety?  Or is it that any additional issues must somehow be secondarily connected to the initial service connection?  I would think the argument would be that if someone didn't have tinnitus, they would not be depressed/anxious - if service connection was granted secondary to tinnitus, that would mean that other issues related to depression would also not be there.  So, if A causes B, and B causes C, then C could be secondarily connected because B was, even if A does not cause C.  Make sense?  

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Whether it’s primary or secondary doesn’t matter once it’s SC. Primary just means it was caused on its own, secondary is something that is connected to or developed later due to something already SC. 

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Thanks brokensoldier!  Not to beat a dead horse, but just so I'm tracking, I'll try to restate your answer--once something is service connected, whether primarily or secondarily, it is simply service connected, and any issue that is a result of either the primary or secondary service connection can be service connected IF there is a valid nexus to either the primary or secondary rated problem.  It does not necessarily have to be relatable to the primary (initial) service connected disability.  How'd I do?? 

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