A Nexus Letter is a document prepared for a veteran by a medical professional that explicitly connects an in-service event to the current condition for which a veteran is seeking service-connected compensation.  Nexus letters can be submitted with a veteran’s initial claim, during claim development, or during the appeals process.  Importantly, Nexus Letters can also be helpful following negative C&P examinations in which VA examiners conclude that there is no connection between a veteran’s condition and his or her military service.

To receive benefits, a veteran must satisfy three eligibility tests. He or she must show:

  1. Eligibility by military service,
  2. The diagnosis of a “condition”
  3. A medical opinion linking #1 with #2

Most veteran claims that fail are due to the lack of a well written letter that support the veteran’s claims or the absence of a letter entirely.


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