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Single Judge Application; solvent; Veterans Benefits Administration documents undermine the Secretary’s current claim of ignorance as to what constitutes a solvent. See, e.g., VA ADJUDICATIONS PROCEDURES MANUAL (M21-1MR), pt. IV, subpt. 2, ch. 1, § E(19)(g) (discussing solvent exposure in Gulf War veterans); VA Training Letter 10-01 (Feb. 4, 2010) (same); VA CLINICIANS’ GUIDE § 20.1 (same); VA Training Letter 07-04 (July 5, 2007) (solvent exposure in Navy divers); VA Training Letter 10-03 (Apr. 26, 2010) (solvent exposure from burn pits in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Djibouti and at the Naval Air Facility in Atsugi, Japan); VA Training Letter 11-03 (Nov. 21, 2011) (solvent exposure for veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune).;
Single Judge Application; In Chavis, the Court explained that the ankylosis requirement in 38 C.F.R. § 4.71a “can be met with evidence of the functional equivalent of ankylosis during a flare.” Chavis v. McDonough, _ Vet.App. _ , No. 19-2928, 2021 WL 1432578, at *1 (Apr. 16, 2021) (emphasis added); Chavis changes the landscape; examiner did not consider whether the functional limitations appellant experienced regularly and during the examination were akin to a functional equivalent of ankylosis. Though the Board did mention appellant’s daily flare-ups, pain, and functional limitations of his neck, the Board did not address how this potentially favorable evidence compared to ankylosis;