A Nexus letter – especially a well-written one – can go a long way in supporting a claim that a veteran’s disability is linked to military service. The purpose of this letter is to support a veteran who is seeking service-connected compensation in opposition of a VA rejection of a recently or previously submitted claim.
Today, we delve into some of the most common questions about the Nexus letter process and discuss the REE Medical process for obtaining one.
What Makes a Good Nexus Letter?
While a Nexus letter should be completed by a neutral, third-party physician, it should also be detailed, well-researched, and most importantly, credible. It should also be presented in four main sections that include compelling information in support of service-connected compensation.
- Statement: The statement is a confirmation that the author has carefully reviewed the medical history of the veteran, including all VA medical records, service treatment records, and all DD214 forms.
- Supporting Evidence: Items of supporting evidence can include pieces like private medical records, a statement from the veteran, and a “buddy letter” that provides any additional information about the veteran’s disability.
- References: This section should contain references to relevant medical research, scientific studies, and articles from medical journals that provide solid support for key points in the letter.
- Conclusion: The conclusion to the letter should be very strong and should definitively state that the veteran’s disability is “at least as likely as not” due to the veteran’s military service.
Common Questions About Nexus Letters
Here are some of the most common questions about the Nexus letter process:
Do I Need to See a Physician?
The Nexus letter process is based solely on the evidence and documentation that supports your claim. You will, however, need to have a diagnosed condition.
Do I Need a Diagnosis From My Physician?
Yes. The Nexus letter process cannot be started without a proper diagnosis from a physician.
What if I’ve Never Filed a Claim for This Condition?
To obtain a completed Nexus letter, you’ll need to have received a previous denial for the condition in question.
What is the 5-Year Denial Rule?
This simply means that at REE Medical, we only work with clients who have denials that are five years old or less. At the moment, we cannot work with claims over five years of age.
Can I Get a Nexus Letter for Secondary Conditions?
Absolutely! A Nexus letter secondary to another condition that is already service-connected can be written.
The REE Medical Nexus Process
Here at REE Medical, we have a general three-step process, which includes:
1.) Action Plan
We assess your prior claims and then develop an action plan that outlines the documentation needed to provide you with a strong Nexus letter.
2.) Nexus Letter Draft
After completion of all action plan items, we’ll work with a licensed physician to draft a Nexus letter. Once drafted, we’ll have it reviewed by a VA-licensed and accredited disability attorney.
3.) Letter Delivery
Once the letter is approved and finalized, we’ll send it to you for submission to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
If you have any questions about the Nexus letter process at REE Medical, we encourage you to register for a FREE consultation via our website here or reach out to us on Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you!