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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR VETERANS CLAIMS
WILLIE M. PURIFOY, APPELLANT,
ROBERT L. WILKIE,
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, APPELLEE.
Before PIETSCH, Judge.
Note: Pursuant to U.S. Vet. App. R. 30(a),
this action may not be cited as precedent.
PIETSCH, Judge: The appellant, Willie M. Purifoy, appeals through counsel a
November 7, 2018, Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) decision in which the Board denied him
entitlement to disability benefits for gout, a left knee disorder, a right knee disorder, a right ankle
disorder, and an eye disorder.1 Record (R.) at 4-12. This appeal is timely and the Court has
jurisdiction over the matters on appeal pursuant to 38 U.S.C. §§ 7252(a) and 7266. Single-judge
disposition is appropriate when the issues are of “relative simplicity” and “the outcome is not
reasonably debatable.” Frankel v. Derwinski, 1 Vet.App. 23, 25-26 (1990). For the reasons that
follow, the Court will affirm the Board’s conclusion that the appellant is not entitled to disability
benefits for gout. The Court also will vacate the Board’s conclusions that the appellant is not
entitled to disability benefits for left and right knee disorders, a right ankle disorder, and an eye
disorder, and it will remand those matters for further proceedings consistent with this decision.
1 The Board also remanded the appellant’s claim for entitlement to disability benefits for sinusitis. That claim
is not before the Court. See Breeden v. Principi, 17 Vet.App. 475, 478 (2004); see also Howard v. Gober, 220 F.3d
1341, 1344 (Fed. Cir. 2000).
The appellant served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force from April 1971 until
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Single Judge Application; Board's analysis is sufficient for the Court to conclude that it implicitly found the appellant to be credible. Miller v. Wilkie, 32 Vet.App. 249, 261 (2020) ("When the Board has made its decision without finding that the veteran is not competent to report symptoms and nothing suggests that the Board failed to review the evidence at issue, we may reasonably conclude that it implicitly found the veteran credible.");
Designated for electronic publication onlyUNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR VETERANS CLAIMSNo. 19-0665WILLIE M. PURIFOY, APPELLANT,V.ROBERT L. WILKIE,SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, APPELLEE.Before PIETSCH, Judge.MEMORANDUM DECISIONNote: Pursuant to U.S. Vet. App. R. 30(a),this action may not be cited as precedent.PIETSCH, Judge: The appellant, Willie M. Purifoy, appeals through counsel aNovember 7, 2018, Board of Veterans' Appeals...