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Lay Evidence Definition

Lay evidence refers to written statements provided by a veteran, or those familiar with the veteran’s situation, that aim to help prove a claim for VA disability benefits.  Lay evidence, also referred to as lay statements or buddy statements, can be valuable and versatile pieces of evidence used in various types of claims.  Typically, it is used to help bolster a veteran’s case and can be particularly useful when filling in gaps of information that is missing from treatment or service records.  Lay evidence can also be used to provide clarifying information to better illustrate the veteran’s current situation.