Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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VA’s take on HCV

I ran across this website put up by none other than VA. If you can believe this, they actually state: The source of infection is unknown in about 10 percent of acute hepatitis C cases and in 30 percent of … Continue reading

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From the Footlocker–Divorce Reception

While you are warming your feet in front of a fire somewhere tonight, listening to the crackle of the wood, have a laugh on this. I have told you how I have an irrepressible humor about all things sacred. Here … Continue reading

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Nexus letters. Perhaps the single most important item in your claim is a piece of paper with magic words on it. What’s frightening is that almost no one files with it in hand. VSOs seem oblivious to the requirement which … Continue reading

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PGWS stands for Persian Gulf War Syndrome. AO, well, who can forget that one? The VA today published in the Federal Register an interim rule pushing forward the date for presumptive compensation of PGWS incorporated in 38 CFR § 3.317. There is … Continue reading

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When I was a child and for the succeeding generation, the admonition by parents that they might have to write Santa a snail mail letter (first class with delivery the next day to the North Pole) and tell of your … Continue reading

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Here’s a decision that immediately catches your eye. Our patient Vet from Jackson, Mississippi is now into this over thirteen years and counting. It’s unclear when he filed other than that he was denied in 1998. What is clear is that … Continue reading

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CAVC–HORBOL v SHINSEKI– Medical Opinions from Fortune Cookies

Veteran Steve A. Horbol served from 1972 to 1975. He was service connected for HCV before he arrived here. He’s trying to connect the dots between sleep apnea and his hep. I commend him for trying. I think it would … Continue reading

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North Carolina Pecan Puffs

It’s Christmas once again and that draws me to the kitchen. I love cooking deserts so it’s only natural that I want you Vets to be sure you get your daily supply of butter, too. It’s one of the five … Continue reading

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CAVC–Reinhart v. Shinseki–IFN=Blindness

Pity Mr. Michael J. Reinhart. He enlisted in 1962 and separated in 1964. He got the HCV diagnosis in February 2002, began the bug juice November 2002 and started to notice some odd effects he hadn’t been counseled on. The … Continue reading

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