Citation Nr: 18154124
Decision Date: 11/29/18	Archive Date: 11/29/18

DOCKET NO. 15-32 492
DATE:	November 29, 2018
REMANDED
Entitlement to an initial rating in excess of 10 percent disabling for service-connected residuals of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is remanded.
REASONS FOR REMAND
The Veteran served on active duty from June 1988 to April 1993.
This matter comes before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) from a May 2013 rating decision of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office (RO) in Detroit, Michigan.  The Veteran testified at a video-conference hearing before the undersigned in November 2018.
During his November 2018 Board hearing, the Veteran testified that his TBI residuals had increased in severity since his last VA examination in September 2014.  As such, the Board finds a new examination should be provided in order to assess the current nature and severity of his TBI.
The matter is REMANDED for the following action:
1. Obtain all outstanding VA treatment records, dated since December 2015.
2. Make arrangements to obtain the Veteran’s complete treatment records from his private neurologist, Dr. Robles.
3. Schedule the Veteran for a VA examination to determine the current nature and severity of his service-connected TBI. 
The record and a copy of this remand must be made available to and reviewed by the examiner. The examination must include all physical and diagnostic testing deemed necessary by the examiner in conjunction with this request.
The examiner should report all manifestations and functional impairment related to the Veteran’s service-connected TBI.
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In assessing the severity of the Veteran’s TBI, the examiner should review and comment on the medical evidence of record to include the Veteran’s submitted lay statements and medical records submitted by his treatment providers.  The examiner should specifically address the Veteran’s assertions of migraine headaches, decreased memory/recall, decreased concentration, decreased attention, lack of motivation, irritability, being short-tempered, and not wanting to deal with other people.
 
P. M. DILORENZO
Veterans Law Judge
Board of Veterans’ Appeals
ATTORNEY FOR THE BOARD	Denton, Buck

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