As usual, the BVA has released their new, early 2014 decisions without creating a new “2014” category folder for them. They appear in the 2013 box and will be sorted out and segregated later. Additionally, they released some of their last moldy decisions from 2013 along with them. You’ll have to segregate the wheat from the chaff.
I jumped the gun on this back on Feb. 26 when the BVA let out what appeared to be the debut of the 2014 Board decisions. Turns out it was the leftovers from 2013. However, now it’s official. The new 2014 box is firmly ensconced and a new batch of HCV decisions (102) have been posted. If you’ve been waiting to see yours, it should be there through about February 10th.
These are great tools for research as are the ones published daily during the week at the CAVC. They give us valuable insight on how to win our claims. Remember, this is where I got the idea to write my book from. After reading every decision from 1992 to 2010, I was able to formulate and discern the ploys they use and how they managed to confound us all and get away with it.
Use this as your imprimatur on how not to lose. Use it as your guide when looking for the perfect legal cite to defend your position. It’s like Cliff Notes for Claims and allows you to cut the corner of heavy duty legal research. Not all of us have access to the Veterans Benefits Manual or a subscription to Westlaw at $59.00 a minute. This is the poor Vets guide to kicking ass and taking names. It also is a wonderful manual for observing how they give us short shrift legally. Remember, of all these decisions you will read here this year, approximately 5,800 will be appealed to the CAVC. Of those, over 3,000 will be reversed, vacated, set aside and remanded for error. That’s a pretty miserable statistic to swallow. The reason is simple. A dog likes to please his master. The VASEC signs the BVA Veterans Law Judges’ paychecks as well as those of the Office of General Counsel. One doesn’t bite the hand that feeds him.