No. 2011-7018.

673 F.3d 1352 (2012)

Vickie H. AKERS, Claimant-Appellant, v. Eric K. SHINSEKI, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Respondent-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

March 23, 2012.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Kenneth M. Carpenter , Carpenter, Chartered, of Topeka, Kansas, argued for claimant-appellant.

Joshua E. Kurland , Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Branch, United States Department of Justice, of Washington, DC, argued for respondent-appellee. With him on the brief were Tony West , Assistant Attorney General, Jeanne E. Davidson , Director, and Martin F. Hockey , Assistant Director. Of counsel on the brief were David J. Barrans , Deputy Assistant General Counsel, and Brian D. Griffin , Attorney, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, of Washington, DC.

Opinion for the court filed by Circuit Judge LINN. Concurring opinion filed by Circuit Judge LOURIE.

LINN, Circuit Judge.

Vickie H. Akers ("Akers") appeals from a decision of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims ("Veterans Court") affirming a decision of the Board of Veterans' Appeals ("Board") refusing to grant Akers an earlier effective date for dependency and indemnity compensation benefits. See Akers v. Shinseki, No. 08-3983, 2010 WL 3452490 (Vet.App. Aug. 31, 2010) ("Veterans Court Op."), reconsideration...

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