Citation Nr: 18154192
Decision Date: 11/29/18	Archive Date: 11/29/18

DOCKET NO. 16-39 953
DATE:	November 29, 2018
REMANDED
Entitlement to service connection for rheumatoid arthritis and/or tendonitis is remanded.
Entitlement to service connection for a disability manifested by chronic back pain is remanded.
Entitlement to service connection for eye condition (to include wearing glasses) is remanded.
Entitlement to service connection for a heart condition is remanded.
Entitlement to service connection for high blood pressure is remanded.
Entitlement to service connection for prostate cancer is remanded.
Entitlement to service connection for depression is remanded.
REASONS FOR REMAND
By a statement provided upon his August 2016 VA Form 9 (Substantive Appeal) the Veteran asserted that there was a potential causal connection between his claimed disabilities, and water contamination at Parris Island, South Carolina where he was located for several months during service.  This presents a new theory of recovery that requires some development on remand.  
1. Entitlement to service connection for rheumatoid arthritis and/or tendonitis is remanded.
2. Entitlement to service connection for a disability manifested by chronic back pain is remanded.
3. Entitlement to service connection for eye condition (to include wear glasses) is remanded.
4. Entitlement to service connection for a heart condition is remanded.
5. Entitlement to service connection for high blood pressure is remanded.
6. Entitlement to service connection for prostate cancer is remanded.
7. Entitlement to service connection for depression is remanded.
The Veteran is requested to clarify the stated grounds for his claims that he had exposure to water contamination at Parris Island, specifically how this occurred, for what duration, and which conditions to his knowledge may have been brought on by that stated hazardous circumstance.  Provided the Veteran has any medical evidence identifiable to substantiate his claims on this or other grounds, that is requested.  See 38 C.F.R. § 3.159(c)(1) (2018).  
The Board will also request a VA examination for a back disorder, because of documented in-service injury to that region, and the chronic back pain subsequent and part of the more recent record.    
Additionally, the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability records should be obtained.  See Murincsak v. Derwinski, 2 Vet. App. 363 (1992).
The matters are REMANDED for the following action:
1. Request that the Veteran clarify the stated grounds for his claims that he had exposure to water contamination at Parris Island, specifically how this occurred, for what duration, and which conditions it is maintained have been brought on by that stated hazardous circumstance.  
2. Obtain the administrative decision and medical records from award of benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
3. Obtain the Veteran’s most recent VA outpatient treatment records, if they exist.
4. Schedule the Veteran for a VA examination for a back disorder.  The claims file must be provided to and reviewed by the examiner in conjunction with the examination, along with a copy of this remand. 
The examiner is requested to determine whether the Veteran currently has any disability manifested by chronic back pain.  Based upon the diagnosis, the examiner should then opine whether it is at least as likely as not (50 percent or greater probability) that the diagnosed back disorder(s) were incurred during his military service or are otherwise etiologically related thereto, based upon the documentation from service and the Veteran’s own assertions regarding the medical history.  If arthritis is diagnosed, the examiner should determine whether it manifested within one year of the Veteran’s separation from service.  
Provided the Veteran has stated any specific theory of recovery in regard to how exposure to contaminated water caused any subsequent health issue, and that bears relevance to the claimed disorders, then consider the stated grounds.
The examiner should provide a complete rationale for all opinions expressed.
5. Then readjudicate the claims on appeal, in light of all additional evidence received.  If any benefit sought on appeal is not granted, the Veteran and his representative should be furnished with a Supplemental Statement of the Case (SSOC) and afforded an opportunity to respond before the file is returned to the Board for further appellate consideration.
 
D. Martz Ames
Veterans Law Judge
Board of Veterans’ Appeals
ATTORNEY FOR THE BOARD	Jason A. Lyons 

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