Citation Nr: 18132250
Decision Date: 09/06/18	Archive Date: 09/06/18

DOCKET NO. 15-44 195
DATE:	September 6, 2018
Entitlement to initial disability ratings for thoracic spine spondylosis and lumbar spine degenerative arthritis greater than 10 percent prior to May 23, 2016 and greater than 20 percent thereafter is remanded.
The Veteran served on active duty from September 1983 to June 1990 and October 1990 to June 2008.
These matters come before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) on appeal from a June 2012 rating decision which granted service connection for the Veteran’s lumbar spine disability and assigned a 10 percent rating.  A subsequent June 2016 rating decision increased the Veteran’s lumbar spine rating to 20 percent as of May 23, 2016.  However, as that award did not represent a total grant of benefits sought on appeal, the claim for an initial rating increase remains before the Board.  AB v. Brown, 6 Vet. App. 35 (1993).
Evidence indicates that there may be outstanding relevant VA or private treatment records.  In a December 2015 supplemental statement of appeal, the Veteran reported that he limits his intake of 800mil Motrin because of long term affect on the liver.  This indicates the Veteran has had additional VA and/or private treatment since separation from service in 2008.  A remand is required to allow VA to request and obtain any outstanding VA and/or private treatment records.  Treatment records have not been recently added to the file.
The matter is REMANDED for the following action:
1.  Ask the Veteran to complete a VA Form 21-4142 for any treatment provider who has treated his service-connected lumbar spine disability since June 2008, and associate any identified records.
2.  Update VA treatment records.
3. Thereafter, complete any indicated development based on review of the received medical records.

Nathaniel J. Doan
Veterans Law Judge
Board of Veterans’ Appeals
ATTORNEY FOR THE BOARD	D. M. Donahue Boushehri, Counsel 

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