In summary, the primary consequences of NLD-DOM determinations in non-death case are loss of creditable time in service and loss of retirement or disability separation.
Clearly, the most consequential results of a NLD-DOM determination are those effectuated by the Army and DVA; however, other agencies of the federal government administer considerable privileges and benefits to veterans, particularly to disabled veterans.
(90) Thus, a NLD-DOM determination by the DVA may jeopardize this preference for disabled veterans.
In the sailor's death in Japan, he was found to be ILD even though the IO originally concluded he was NLD-DOM. The final approval authority disapproved the findings and substituted ILD for the sake of benefits to the deceased's son.