Monthly Archives: February 2013

CAVC–SCHUBRING V. SHINSEKI–HEARING LOSS DUE TO IFN THERAPY

Here’s a decision that bears mentioning. No doubt we’ll see this gentleman sail by again on this one. Mr. James P. Schubring has appealed his recent denial at the BVA. As is their wont, they have stepped all over his … Continue reading

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WHAT CUSHMAN TELLS US (AND WHAT IT CAN’T YET)

Hear’s an excellent article sent in by member John of the Syrup of the Month Club up in Vermont. The article was written by Michael Allen under the auspices of the University of Cincinnati Law Review. What is important about … Continue reading

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Agent Orange (AO) Fast Track Claims Processing System

FYI:  You can now to apply online for disability benefits for eight conditions if you served in the Republic of Vietnam or in-land waterways between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 (The other AO exposure locations aren’t mentioned but … Continue reading

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Projected veteran deaths: WWII, Korea, Vietnam

The chart was created from data in VetPop2011:  https://www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp The highest number of deaths of WWII veterans has peaked.  Korean veterans are dying in larger numbers in this period.  Alarmingly, Vietnam veteran deaths are climbing steadily even though they are … Continue reading

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THE THOUSAND-MILE LONG SCREWDRIVER

In a brief (and rare) moment of camaraderie, VA Secretary Eric “Chia Pet” Shinseki and  HUD Secretary Shaun ” Shu-Shu” Donovan decided to go slumming on the streets of DC last Thursday night. Their mission? Find homeless Vets and other … Continue reading

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HAGEL–THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB?

Much is being made of Chuck Hagel’s enlisted status as a solid foundation for an appointment to the Secretary of Defense. Some of it hinges on his appointment thirty years ago (1981) as Asst. VA director before it attained cabinet status. As … Continue reading

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DENIGRATING THE VA

Allow me to apologize to a large contingent of the Veterans Benefits Agency (VBA). I speak of the rank and file who handle our claims. They are represented by the AFGE, a union I am sure wants the best outcome … Continue reading

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Tattoos as an important risk factor for HCV: Study says “…No place for doubt…”

Multi-national study title: Tattooing and the risk of transmission of hepatitis C: a systematic review and meta-analysis Publication: International Journal of Infectious Diseases Volume 14, Issue 11 , Pages e928-e940, November 2010 The full text is also accessible from the UK’s Hepatitis C Trust … Continue reading

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VETS OVERPAID

Here’s a good one from LawBob. Vets were overpaid. Really? $943 mil. since 1993.  But, but! Well, gee, if VA makes a mistake 60% of the time, how many billions did they underpay us since 1993? VA math is some … Continue reading

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#33’s STORY-MARK DOES DC

This is one of those warm fuzzy moments where I get to nod (my head) and say “Toldja”. Long before even a thought of a book had crossed Cupcake’s mind, I met Mark. The how and why was not important … Continue reading

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