A great jetgun win and one nexus letter was from none other than the Vet’s VA PCP. Of course, it did take a second letter from a civilian medical “expert” to seal the deal. Being a Vet, you have to understand that anything you say is a lie and you just want VA Welfare. I was not shocked to see someone couldn’t resist throwing the IV drug abuse and ETOH hand grenade into the c-file.
Kenneth Lavan was the able attorney on this one and wisely went out and fetched another IMO from a Registered Nurse. It works every time. Most importantly, it works like this at the BVA. The VA shoots you down at the RO and you appeal. When you submit that second IMO, VA rarely comes back with a second IME themselves. If Johnny Vet here had an earlier effective date of 1970 and this was CUE, rest assured VA would fight him to the death for it.
I never got the ETOH connection to HCV. Do you get extremely trashed or hammered and fall down in a bar in a pool of HCV-tainted blood? How about you become rude and obnoxious at a bar and irritate the pants off some patron with HCV. He punches your front teeth out in a fist fight and blood from his cut knuckles gets in your mouth and commingles with yours? Your bartender cuts his hand on a broken glass and serves a short ton of drinks with his blood in them? Perhaps we should defer to medical specialists to enlighten us. I’d like to see the VA medical manual that explains HCV= ETOH or vice versa. How come all the civilian medical prognosticators rule out ETOH as a risk factor? How about that nagging question of why there is never any evidence of HCV in a Veterans’ STRs in 1970? All these queshuns…
P.S. Here’s another. Same MO- no salient risk factors except for Mr. Jetgun. Please note that these are wins using attorneys-not VSOs.