996 F.3d 1321 (2021)

Enrique M. FLORES-VAZQUEZ, Claimant-Appellant v. Denis McDONOUGH, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Respondent-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

Decided: April 30, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Evan Tyler Snipes , Veterans Legal Advocacy Group, Arlington, VA, for claimant-appellant. Also represented by Harold Hamilton Hoffman, III.

Sosun Bae , Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for respondent-appellee. Also represented by Jeffrey B. Clark , Martin F. Hockey, Jr. , Robert Edward Kirschman, Jr. ; Brian D. Griffin , Derek Scadden , Office of General Counsel, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC.

Dissenting opinion filed by Circuit Judge Newman.

Enrique Flores-Vazquez appeals a decision of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims ("Veterans Court") upholding a denial of an earlier effective date for a service-connected disability. We affirm.


This case presents a question of interpretation of 38 C.F.R. § 3.156(c), a regulation of the...

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