BVA1316336: Present Disability (PTSD)

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 …

Service connection is not warranted for a psychiatric disability. Initially, the Board finds that service connection is not warranted for PTSD. The Board acknowledges that the record includes diagnoses of PTSD. The records reflecting diagnoses of PTSD do not reveal an explanation as to how the Veteran met the criteria for PTSD, however; as such, the Board finds the diagnoses have limited probative value. See Nieves-Rodriguez v. Peake, 22 Vet. App. 295, 304 (2008) (the factually accurate, fully articulated, sound reasoning for the conclusion determines the probative value of a medical opinion). In contrast, the Board finds the VA examiners’ and other medical professionals’ determinations that the Veteran does not have PTSD are highly probative as the determinations are supported by detailed explanation for why the diagnosis was not proper and are based on findings consistent with the medical records. The Board finds the probative value of the findings of no PTSD outweighs the probative value of the findings of PTSD. Thus, the Board finds the Veteran does not have PTSD.

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