About the Author

 

 “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a ride!”

Hunter S. Thompson

 

April 21,1971 -the day my number of takeoffs became unequal to my number of landings

April 20,1971 -the day my number of takeoffs became unequal to my number of landings

Mr. NOD – Buckwheat, Electrolux, chieu hoi boy

A 64 yr. old WM in NAD. Stage 4, Grade 3 HCV, Genotype 3A.  Rated 100% P&T for HCV; 100% for PCT, 60% for anemia, 40% for cryoglobulinemia and fibromyalgia, 30% for PCT skin damage and 10% for Tinnitus. Dx: HBV, HCV,  Autoimmune Hepatitis, Crohn’s disease, Cryoglobulinemia type 3, Porphyria Cutanea Tarda, Fibromyalgia and RA. Short bowel syndrome following 4 VAMC bowel surgeries.  6 Ventral hernias in surgical cadaver skin (Alloderm). Post ileostomy. Post MRSA infection;    ℞ = 1 pint Phlebotomy every month.    DDD-L5-S1.  2 VA medical misadventures . Septal/myocardial infarction  10/2009. VA assessment? Good to go, bro-only 290% disabled.

AST/ALT  October 14,2011—122/300 . Viral load -200K

AST/ALT 15 December 2011–59/106 (new diet/vitamins or portal gastropathy)

AST/ALT 23 January 2012– 154/361 (may be time for another new diet.) Cryoglobulinemia IgG=2546 (normal 687-1671).

AST/ALT 3 February 2012–210/432  (may be time for Imuran)

AST/ALT 13 February 2012–159/299  ( the new diet-no sugar and it sucks)

AST/ALT  5 March 2012—40/82  (still on the new diet–still no sugar. Love the numbers/hate the cure) Ammonia levels are normal.

12 March 2012– Ultrasound revealed Stage 4 (cirrhosis) but no cancer yet.

AST/ALT  6 June 2012— 153/300 ( Dr. is flummoxed)

AST/ALT  15 June 2012—143/270  (VA always finds it much lower!)

AST/ALT  18 September 2012—79/183 ( Vegan diet-Bleh.)

AST/ALT 19 December 2012—65/112 Liver is getting more cirrhosed? Pretty soon I’ll be decompensated and my numbers will be normal.

AST/ALT 15 January 2013 —-102/201. IgG —3530. Viral Load —478, 026 copies. Wowser.

AST/ ALT 22 February 2013—115/230.  ANA 1:80 Looks like the AIH is coming back.

AST/ALT 2 July 2013—-86/167   IgG—3281 

AST/ALT 6 August 2013—116/237

AST/ALT 21 December 2013 —122/201  IgG— 2990  Viral Load— 852,612

AST/ALT 10 February 2014— 86/157  Viral Load—1,350,000 copies

AST/ALT 14 May 2014— 41/77   IgG—2810  Viral Load —290,316 copies

AST/ALT  7 July 2014— 39/59  IgG—2540     Viral Load — 0

AST/ALT  15 July 2014—49/73 IgG—2620      Viral Load— 0

AST/ALT  19 October 2014—33/53.                      Viral Load— 0

Hepatitis C in remission December 7th, 2014. Confirmed December 7th, 2015

April 23rd, 2016–Congestive heart failure. Defibrillator to be installed January ?, 2017

real rack

  I have a dream that one day the VA will judge us by the content of our C-files and not the interpretation regurgitated from the VACOLS M-21-1MR  Adjudications Manual. But then, of course, it would still require they read the contents of the c-file. Therein lies the path to the VA’s much-touted but rarely-achieved  98% accuracy figure in claims processing.

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27 Responses to About the Author

  1. …and I thought I was the only one who thought the VA was ‘fudging the numbers…!’

  2. dknees4 says:

    Yep – that’s what the “Big Book” says.. What are you reaping Cuz…???

  3. Roger says:

    why no e-mail address here? – and why did you shift something to Veterans Today? They probably are not who you think that they are.

    • asknod says:

      My email address is down lower in the widgit labeled “Comments/email.” As for moving posts around, I published many of mine here as well as on VT. I didn’t know they were chemtrail sniffers and conspiracy freaks. When the Jacksonville Boys sued me last February, part of the consent decree required I take down anything I controlled and write to the rest of them and ask them to be so kind as to do likewise. Nevertheless, some still remains out there. Looks like I won judging from CBS’ contentions mirroring mine to a “T”.

  4. Ron says:

    To ASKNOD:
    Your descriptive writing just gave me flashbacks. As I read this immediately I was back there in a hot LZ with choppers being blown out of the sky that were attempting to evac. I could see the night sky light up with enemy fire and red tracer rounds firing out of the door gunner positions.
    I agree with your picture of the plaque. “No one that was killed in Nam ever died there and no one that came back (if I got that one correct) ever left there.”
    My only wish is that one day all of the slezebags in congress and the whitehouse get to enjoy the “beauties” of war just like we do. Then and only then will the bastards at the VA will be flushed down the toilet and vets will be treated with the respect that we deserve.
    BY the way, I am praying for your recovery. After all, whatever one believes, whomever one believes in, there is only one healer and it isn’t the doctors or the big pharma minions that process the liquid pesticides called “Chemo Therapy Drugs.”
    Whiskey23

  5. lokiandfreya says:

    Would you be willing to contact me concerning the “Banditos” photo?

  6. $800,000.00 (+) IN BACK DISABILITY – STILL WAITING – CAVC CASE # 14-1084
    37 years & counting, the VA now owes me over $800,000.00 in back disability because they have lied to me about missing records, especially my combat records. The board discovered they made a CUE back in 1977 & instead of awarding me they remanded it back to the RO who denied the claim stating no NEXIS, as have they denied virtually every claim I filed for the past 37 years. Well I now have the appeals in the CAVC with a great Law Firm Bergmann & Moore who have filed a complaint with the Court about missing documents & the VA in turn has so far failed to recover said files, so I can only now hope the Court actually follows the law under Title 38 & forces the VA to award me the back disability to 1977 & finally get the 100% I have been denied for over 30 years sense 1980. My case is not special except for the time involved, far too many Vietnam Veterans like myself have been denied rightful disability for far too long. I served on active duty from 1968 to 1977 8 years 4 months as well as a year with the Army NG 1982 to 1983 & an additional 4 1/2 years in the Air NG 1983 to 1989. Giving me 14 years of service & over 37 years of denials.
    FOR MORE INFO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME ABOUT MY HISTORY WITH THE VA AT;
    faceboob.com/rclvet
    RICHARD LANCASTER

  7. DDigger says:

    Yo Buckwheat! You are still the man!

    Je m’appelle Michel François anciennement le mauvais garcon de Cité Fairfax.
    (I sure hope I didn’t just say, I inhale penis, therefore I am. My wife will be pissed!)

    I just read a few intro pages of your mighty fine composition, “Veterans Administration Claims: What You Need to Know to Be Successful.” I know what I need to know to be successful. I need to know you.
    Both of us being military brats of career military officers, I’ve often wondered just what prestigious East Coast high school did Asknod attend?
    I had to contemplate on that one for a moment.
    If it’s prestigious, it’s most likely private.
    Of course, I went to plain old Fairfax. At FHS, we Rebels didn’t, “Pass the Grey Poupon.”
    However, we Rebs regarded McLean and Langley as prestigious institutions.
    No, No….I’m definitely getting the private school vibe.
    Let’s see…you enlisted in Virginia.
    Since Dad probably retired at either the Pentagon or Andrews, I’m thinking definitely prep school in either Northern Virginia or DC.
    Heck your writing style screams an insatiable desire to escape an overly conservative home life controlled by extremists.
    I’m feeling the daily newspaper was definitely The Washington Star and not The Post.
    Okay, I think I’ve got it.
    It’s not Bishop Ireton. (too plain)
    It’s not Flint Hill Predatory Academy (a bit too Preppy)
    I know. It has to be, Saint Anselm’s on South Dakota Ave NE,
    You punk, no wonder you joined the Air Force!

    • asknod says:

      Williston Elementary near Seven Corners, St. Mary’s in Goldsboro, NC. Hampton Roads Academy in Hampton and then Vermont Academy, Saxtons River Vermont 1969. Dad retired from 6th AF Commander at Izmir, Turkey. He was V/C of TAC when I entered in 69.

    • dknees4 says:

      DDigger, your right in your statement about needing to “know Mr. Nod.” You just give him your particular medical issue with the VA and he will tell you when, why, where, how many, the best location, best attorney and any statistic you need for your claim….!!! You might need a recorder as Mr. Nod does not take many breaths when he is speaking. Do not let his schooling deceive you…….he is as down to earth as they come. Good luck and I hope you meet him one day.

  8. biggest loser of 2011 says:

    It is me the biggest loser of 2011. I am trying to find out what my next move is and how to proceed with a new claim. I would like to win this time. I have submitted a new temporary claim for the year I was on treatment but, would also like to include a staged rating that the federal court said I should have gotten up until treatment, from the time I was released from active duty until the year of treatment. Any pointers.

    • biggest loser of 2011 says:

      It is true that the person that represents themself has a fool for a client. The only difference with my claim is I was not allowed to have representation until I reached the federal level. My representation lasted up until a few weeks before trial and then I was dropped by my attorney and did not even get to participate in the proceedings. Not only is it unfair to have to fight 500 attorneys with representation but, try to do it with no representation and no legal background. This sucked and I am not one to give up. I will attack this every way possible if I have to. I am also writing a book about my experience with the VA and now I have a name for the book.

  9. Mac says:

    “Of more import, and the reason I write today, is the vast quantities I witnessed stored and used at LS (Lima Site) 98, also known as LS20A or 20 Alternate . Air America employed two PC-6C Porters full time that were outfitted with tanks. I personally watched them spray it at several other Lima Sites or on Route 7 several times. They were stationed at L-08 (Wattey Airport-Vientiane) but refilled their tanks at Long Tieng (LS 98). Many of the personnel over the fence in Laos were either there as “civilians” like me but were in the Army or AF. We worked for USAID or USIA. I worked for them as well as Air America.”

    What year might this have been? I was in and out of 20A over the years and never saw a “spray rigged” Porter in all that time, never saw such at Wattay Airport either.

    Got a photo?

    Mac

    • asknod says:

      N355F out of L-08 was spray a/c. I’m in error. Only one a/c was spray-rigged. AAm used it to hose Meo poppy fields and abate vegetation on Lima Site air strips.

  10. Berta says:

    I just bought your book from amazon………it is my birthday present to myself with a book on the Maginot line.too……….
    Berta from hadit.com

  11. Eric Hughes says:

    On September 5, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court received a request for Certiorari in Veterans for Common Sense et. al. v. Shinseki. At issue is scope of authority of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Of the laws that pertain to the DVA, 38 U.S.C. § 511 is the most important. It reads as follows:
    (A) The Secretary shall decide all questions of law and fact necessary to a decision by the Secretary under a law that affects the provision of benefits by the Secretary to veterans or the dependents or survivors of veterans.
    Subject to subsection (b), the decision of the Secretary as to any such question shall be final and conclusive and may not be reviewed by any other official or by any court, whether by an action in the nature of mandamus or otherwise.
    The powers inferred upon the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in 38 U.S.C. § 511 strikes at the very core of our national existence. It represents the elevation of an unelected political appointee to head a principality whose boarders are defined not by lines on a map, but by bloodshed of wars past and the battle scars of present day.
    If you do not believe my brash assertion as to the weight and magnitude of the above statute then I ask you. Are you prepared to strike the words “Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs” from the statue’s preamble and replace it with the words “Secretary of Homeland Security”, or “Secretary of Defense” or “Director of the Internal Revenue Service”? Thus giving such broad unquestionable powers to the Secretary’s peers?
    Ladies and Gentlemen if Congress has the powers to bestow upon one man broad powers traditionally reserved for nobility upon the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs, what then holds fast the ability of Congress to grant those powers to someone else?
    As improbable as it may seam, the Supreme Court stands now at a cross roads in our national belief in the separation of powers. 38 U.S.C. § 511 invests in one man, the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs, the unreviewable authority to make the law in the form of regulation, to enforce the law’s execution, then if the execution is unsatisfactory to sit as his own counsel and judge as to the rightfulness of his actions. What then is such a man but a King or despot?
    No I do not mean to insult our current Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Gen. Eric K. Shinseki. I believe his heart is in the right place; his motives are true, and his vision for the future a credit to himself. Above all he is benevolent. Plus he has the unfortunate position of commanding a sinking dreadnaught of a paper driven bureaucracy in the era of stealth fighters. But no matter how benevolent the man may be that sits on a throne of infallibility before the law, that man –by nature of the law that creates his position- is defined a tyrant.
    The uncontested findings of fact made in Veterans for Common Sense v. Shinseki case bare witness to the consequences of a benevolent tyranny. The key finding of fact in this suit isn’t that the suicide rates among veterans is three times that of the normal population, or that the Department of Veteran’s Affairs response to the problem is inadequate, or even that the Department knows more about the depth of the problem than they care to let on. Nor it is that 66.2% of current veterans claims are more than a year past due. No. These are but symptoms of this finding: The DVA is made up of more than 230,000 people.
    These people are human. As humans they are fallible. But 38 U.S.C. § 511 codifies the legal presumption that each of these individuals who act in the Secretary’s name, and by and under the color of his authority are infallible. In short the Law declares DVA to be a utopia that is by virtue of its sovereignty is immune from the criticism of the courts.
    Should we soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen fight, bleed, and die so that others may enjoy the benefits of a government founded on the principle that no man is infallible. One in which the balance of powers exists not as a matter of convenience, but as a matter of necessity; of human necessity. For while one “infallible” man is fallible, and 230,000 “infallible” women and men are 230,000 score more fallible.
    But when their power is thrice divided and equally counter-balanced by others, there is however begrudgingly obtained perfection. This is the paradox of our democratic republicanism, and the principle of our constitution. That as long as no one woman or man, or group of people hold more than a third of the decision making authority tyranny can not prevail.

  12. Ron Boardman says:

    I need help filling, I need your help,my out look is not good I am in stage 6 (not good) the va says, They put me threw 1/12 years of treatment to have only sorry, my real doctor on the outside whom i have been seeing since 2000, He DR Sack says they never asked for his records which he would suggest not to give me the treatment now wait but tooo late the virus is backI need help working threw this mess thanks Ron

  13. victim77 - victim88 says:

    mr nod, you are truly a life-line, over the years i’ve asked questions, and nod responded. my question today is once the claim file reaches the bva/judge desk, the end is near? after five years denials, remands, now at the jugde/office, this period is worst than the five years wait. it is almost like not wanting it to come to a end for fear of denial, but glad the bva/judge will make a decision.

    thank you for your support’

    • asknod says:

      I neglected to do this publicly because I answered privately . He won and got his 100% for HCV. Great case. Good fight. And then Marci his wife died of HVC. God works in strange ways.

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