“Lay” or “buddy” statements are:
- Oral statements made by the Veteran, family members, friends, neighbors, or service buddies during a hearing; OR
- Any written declaration or written statement made by the same (Veteran, family members, etc.), regarding the Veteran’s disability.
Why Are Lay or Buddy Statements So Important?
As the names suggest, “lay” or “buddy” statements are statements made by people who know the Veteran but who aren’t qualified to make a medical diagnosis or prove medical facts. Continue reading