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February 25, 2005M21-1, Part III

Change 131

Page 5-B-1 through 5-B-15:  Remove these pages and substitute pages 5-B-1 through 5-B-15 attached.

The pagination of pages 5-B-2 through 5-B-15 is corrected.

Appendix B is amended to show the removal of Exhibit B-9.  The information displayed in Exhibit B-9 is now available through the Modern Awards Processing-Development (MAP-D) application. The remaining exhibits are renumbered.  

Exhibits B-5, B-6, B-7, and B-8 are revised to update the term Adjudication Officer to Veterans Service Center Manager.  

Exhibit B-11 is the approved memorandum to be used in certifying the steps taken to obtain verification of in-service stressor(s).

Pages 9-I-1 and 9-I-2:  Remove these pages and substitute pages 9-I-1 and 9-I-2 attached.

A note is added to paragraph 9.01b(6) to state that, if information in the claims folder indicates the claimant receives disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), a copy of the SSA decision determination should be requested, in addition to SSA medical records or other evidence in SSA’s possession that the claimant requests be obtained.)    

Paragraph 9.01c is revised to reflect that the initial follow-up request for SSA medical evidence should be after 60 days and that the second and subsequent follow-up requests should be 30 days apart.  The paragraph is also amended to state the requirement for a formal finding of Federal record unavailability and to provide references to M21-1, Part III, Chapter 4, Addendum O and M21-1MR, Part I, 1.C.5.f.

By Direction of the Under Secretary for Benefits

Renée Szybala, Director

Compensation and Pension Service

Distribution:  RPC:  2068

FD:            EX:  ASO and AR (included in RPC 2068)


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