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I am helping a friend and vet that lives in Alabama. In 2012 he filed a claim for a back condition. He was in a car accident while in service and his medical evidence did show that he had a spine injury. The VA denied his claim and his 2012 decision letter stated that there wasn’t a link connected while in service even though he had everything showing for his back. He did not appeal that decision in 2012. He just recently submitted a claim for his back condition. This time he was granted service connection and was awarded 20% for lumbar with an effective date of 13 Jan 2020. even though that he did not appeal the 2012 claim, reopened his back claim in 2020 and was awarded should he do a supplemental claim for an earlier effective date?
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