No. 2015-7020.

814 F.3d 1354 (2016)

Owen M. BOZEMAN, Jr., Claimant-Appellant v. Robert A. McDONALD, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Respondent-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

March 1, 2016.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Matthew J. Ilacqua , Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick, Providence, RI, argued for claimant-appellant. Also represented by Robert Vincent Chisholm , Zachary Stolz , Nicholas L. Phinney ; Christopher J. Clay , Disabled American Veterans, Cold Spring, KY; Barbara J. Cook , Cincinnati, OH.

Martin F. Hockey, Jr. , Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, argued for respondent-appellee. Also represented by Benjamin C. Mizer , Robert E. Kirschman, Jr. ; Y. Ken Lee , Meghan Alphonso , Office of General Counsel, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC.

Before LOURIE, SCHALL, and HUGHES, Circuit Judges.

Owen M. Bozeman appeals from a final judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims affirming a Board of Veterans' Appeals decision denying Mr. Bozeman entitlement to an earlier effective date. The Veterans Court invoked the doctrine of issue exhaustion and refused...

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