VA loves to try to rescind, revoke or otherwise contradict a finding of LOD such that it can invoke the willful misconduct etiology on drug use. Here’s a classic example of Uncle Victor’s munchkins huffing and puffing and trying like the Devil to blow down a Veteran’s clear finding of LOD.
While we do not condone the use of the White Lady via the nostrils-or any other way-we do consider the military’s findings of the character of the Veteran’s service to be probative. Who else but his superiors can give credible, contemporary testimony as to his bona fides? More appropriately, shouldn’t this be far more probative than a stale review and a reversal of the LOD findings decades later?
We are not all angels when we’re young. We experiment. Being in the military has increased stress and responsibilities. Poor life decisions are not always the reason for disease. Contrary to VA belief, one black mark should not a life rend asunder. And hey, while we’re at it, let’s give a big cheer to the DAV for bringing in a win. Somehow I suspect Johnny Vet carried his own water on this one but accidents happen and sometimes VSOs help.