“BVA (Board of Veterans Appeals) decisions are not precedent setting and are based on the findings in each individual case.”
                                                               -Department of Veterans Affairs

The most common type of claim is for service-connected disability compensation. In order to establish entitlement to these benefits, three things must be established through evidence:

    1) The Veteran has a demonstrable disability2) The Veteran first showed symptoms of a disease or suffered an injury, or an aggravation of a pre-existing disease or injury, while in service or within a short period afterward;

    3) There is a causal relationship between the current disability and service.

If the VA is satisfied that all three of these elements are shown by the evidence, then a Veteran is “service connected” for the disability.