BVA1316336: Causal Nexus / Link

Citation Nr: 1316336 Decision Date: 05/17/13 Archive Date: 05/29/13 DOCKET NO. 08-14 287

FINDING OF FACT

The Veteran does not have posttraumatic stress disorder or another psychiatric disability which manifest or began in service, was aggravated by service, or is causally related to service.

CONCLUSION OF LAW

The criteria for service connection of a psychiatric disability have not been met.
38 U.S.C.A. § 1110 (West 2002); 38 C.F.R. §§ 3.303, 3.304 (2012).

REASONS AND BASES FOR FINDING AND CONCLUSION …

Furthermore, the probative evidence does not suggest a link between a psychiatric disability and military service. The record does not include any probative medical opinions linking the current psychiatric disability to military service, though it does include VA examiners’ probative opinions that it is not attributable to military service. Nieves-Rodriguez, 22 Vet. App. at 304. The Board acknowledges that the Veteran believes his psychiatric disability is related to service, to include the reported in-service stressors. The Veteran has not shown that he is competent to render such a determination, however: it is a matter of complexity that requires specialized knowledge which the Veteran has not been shown to possess. See Davidson v. Shinseki, 581 F.3d 1313, 1316 (Fed. Cir. 2009).

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