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2001 Precedent Opinions

PREC 1-01    Consideration of Retroactive Compensation Award in Determining Estate of Veteran for Purposes of $1,500     Citation: Vet.Aff. Op. Gen.Couns.Prec. 1-01, VAOPGCPREC 1-01, 2001  

PREC 2-01    Qualification for MGIB benefits under 38 U.S.C. § 3011(1)(a)(B) and 38 C.F.R. 21.7020(b)(5) when the individual had a break in active duty service      Citation: Vet. Aff. Op.Gen.Couns. Prec. 2-01,  VAOPGCPREC 2-01, 2001      

PREC 3-01   Claims Assistance Act of 2000 -- Pub. L. 106-475    Citation: Vet. Aff. Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 3-01,  VAOPGCPREC 3-01, 2001 

PREC 4-01    Rating Disability Compensated Under 38 U.S.C. § 1151 As If Service Connected--38 C.F.R. §§ 3.322(a) and 4.22      Citation: Vet. Aff. Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 4-01,  VAOPGCPREC 4-01, 2001 

PREC 5-01   Application of 38 U.S.C. § 1151 to Claims Based on VA Failure to Diagnose Pre-Existing Condition        Citation: Vet. Aff. Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 5-01,  VAOPGCPREC 5-01, 2001 

PREC 6-01   Availability of an Independent Living Housing Modification when Specially Adapted Housing (38 U.S.C. § 2101) and Home Improvement & Structural Alterations (38 U.S.C. 1717) have already been Provided         Citation: Vet. Aff. Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 6-01,  VAOPGCPREC 6-01, 2001  

PREC 7-01    Effective Date of Reduction of VA Compensation When Veteran Is Receiving Military Retired or Retirement Pay      Citation: Vet. Aff. Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 7-01,  VAOPGCPREC 7-01, 2001 

 PREC 8-01    Meaning of “Injury” for Purposes of Active Service – 38 U.S.C. § 101(24)      Citation: Vet.Aff.Op.Gen.Couns.Prec. 8-01,  VAOPGCPREC 8-01, 2001       

PREC 9-01   Correct Delimiting Date      Citation: Vet. Aff. Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 9-01,  VAOPGCPREC 9-01, 2001      

PREC 10-01   Limitation on payment of compensation and pension benefits while a beneficiary is incarcerated pursuant to 38 U.S.C. §§ 5313 &1505     Citation: Vet. Aff. Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 10-01,  VAOPGCPREC 10-01, 2001 

 PREC 11-01    Eligibility for a Headstone or Marker in Capital Crimes Cases     Citation: Vet. Aff. Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 11-01,  VAOPGCPREC 11-01, 2001 

PREC 12-01    Roberson v. Principi, No. 00-7009, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 11008 (Fed. Cir. May 29, 2001)     Citation: Vet.Aff.Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 12-01,  VAOPGCPREC 12-01,  2001    THIS OPINION WAS SUPERSEDED BY PREC 4-2004 (5/28/2004).                                                                                         

PREC 13-01    Withholding of Identity of Informers and Investigators involved in Field Examinations           Citation: Vet. Aff. Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 13-01,  VAOPGCPREC 13-01, 2001 

PREC 14-01    Return to the Board of Cases Remanded for Evidentiary Development --38 C.F.R. §§ 19.9, 19.31, 19.38       Citation:  Vet. Aff. Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 14-01, VAOPGCPREC 14-01, 2001  CAUTION:  However, see Disabled American Veterans v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 327 F.3d 1339 (Fed. Cir. 2003), which invalidated VA regulations permitting the Board of Veterans' Appeals to consider evidence that was not already considered by the agency of original jurisdiction, without obtaining the appellant’s waiver of the right to initial consideration by the agency of original jurisdiction.


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