Monthly Archives: February 2012

COVA–ERSPAMER v. DERWINSKI–WRIT OF MANDAMUS

What is a Writ of Mandamus? Why is it only available at the Court of Veterans Appeals? So many questions about an arcane legal term come to mind. Let’ look at this item and figure out how it fits into … Continue reading

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CAVC–BOVE V. SHINSEKI–EQUITABLE TOLLING

Equitable tolling is another one of those blessings a grateful nation has bestowed on Vets. We get more slack that any other class of American litigant. This does not absolve us of the right to appeal our claims in a … Continue reading

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Remember me? Part II

How’s this for a conundrum wrapped in an enigma. The BVA IRIS’d me back today and said “Dude,  that claim departed  via Pony Express to the Atlanta RO and you’ll have to call them at …800-827-1000”. Right. So why is … Continue reading

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OMERTÀ–PART TROIS

In what can only be considered record time, the Army’s cranial sufficiency experts determined the fate of the souls shanghaied off in the night to Walter Reed. Of the 14 unfortunates, six were indeed found to be documented cases of … Continue reading

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CAMP LEJEUNE DOCUMENTARY

The Camp Lejeune documentary Semper Fi, Always Faithful will be shown on the Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnel Friday night on MSNBC at 10 PM EST.  Lawrence O’Donnell was instrumental in MSNBC’s purchase of the documentary and it is on … Continue reading

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VACCINE FOR HCV!

How ’bout them apples? The guy who figured it out in 1989 is back with the cure. I just about fell out of my chair.  I wonder how this bodes for us with the bug?  With the way the economy’s … Continue reading

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PTSD–What does the future portend?

For entertainment purposes only. No cookies. No attachments. No data mining. You can even vote Chicago style-early and often-and you don’t even have to be dead. I trusted you when you carried a 16 and hand grenades. Why wouldn’t I … Continue reading

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BVA-Yo! Remember me?

I called the BVA on their secret number yesterday and talked with a really nice gal named Cybil.  Yes, she actually told me her name. We talked for almost 15 minutes about my claims and their non-progress. She did indicate … Continue reading

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OMERTÀ– PART DEUX

The newspapers this morning updated the fallout from my earlier post on the PTSD brouhaha at Joint Base Lewis McChord. https://asknod.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/what-happened-to-omerta/ Much like a chain collision in the fog on the freeway, the Army is busy sweeping up the loose … Continue reading

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COVA–LAZANO v.DERWINSKI–ESTOPPEL

What is estoppel? It’s another one of those crazy words the Courts use to confuse all but the initiated. Let’s turn it into DickandJanespeak.  Estoppel. See? That was easy. What we have left is “stop” as in “They told me … Continue reading

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