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VA claims blogger

VA–BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR

Nothing tickles me better than to get a mess of wins in one week. You folks who allow me to represent you have no idea how much pleasure I get when I slay the proverbial Goliath. It’s certainly not like … Continue reading

Posted in Aid and Attendance, All about Veterans, AO, Call Bob, KP Veterans, Nexus Information, Pickles, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA Medical Mysteries Explained, VBMS, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law, Vietnam Disease Issues, Vietnam War history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

AGENT ORANGE DISEASES PREFLIGHT CHECKLIST

Well, this isn’t exactly a  “remove before flight” checklist with the red ribbons of old so much as a “Rule Out” medical checklist. At our age, some of these disabilities can be attributed to other extraneous causes besides AO-but not … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, AO, Humor, Inferred claims, KP Veterans, Thailand AO presumptive path, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA Attorneys, Veterans Law, Vietnam Disease Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

BVA– POST GAME WRAP FOR 2019

I enjoy reading these VA reports. It beats the pants off the VAOIG VAMC hospital inspections. Since they could never pass the high bar for emergency rooms, VA simply declared the ERs persona non grata. Now, if you show up … Continue reading

Posted in BvA Decisions, BvA HCV decisions, BVA Purplebook, BVA Referrals, KP Veterans, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA Motions for Reconsideration, VBMS, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SAMUEL BAILEY–THE LAST DETAIL

A year or more ago, Sam apprised me of the fact that his hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) had returned post surgery. Even worse, when they went back in to take another look under the hood, it had metastasized all over. … Continue reading

Posted in 1154(b) combat presumptions, 2015 Hugfest Gig Harbor Wash, Agent Orange, Milestones, VA Agents, Veterans Law, Vietnam Disease Issues, Vietnam War history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

VA–THE NEW VBMS USER’S PRIMER

Back in 2012 or 13, under USB Allison Hickey, we were shock ‘n awed by the foray into what would become VBMS. The crude transition from paper to electrons was like watching trees grow. If too many users logged in … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, Appeals Modernization Act, Electronic Filing of Evidence, Humor, KP Veterans, NOVA Attorneys, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA Attorneys, VBMS, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

VA–WAIT A MINUTE MR. POSTMAN!

When I sat down for my first VA poker game, I was using a trusted mailman- a VSO. Well, trusted insofar as I had a pretty good chance of it getting there. Likewise, being fairly naive about all this in … Continue reading

Posted in Equitable tolling, Humor, Important CAVC/COVA Ruling, KP Veterans, Legacy Claims, Presumption of Regularity, Proof of Mailing, SOCs and SSOCs, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA Attorneys, VBMS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

HADIT.COM RADIO SHOW THURSDAY 1/23/2020

Rog on the Radio Show. Jerrell just flashed the Blog sign over Gotham City and I’m en route and inbound. I have some interesting topics to discuss about Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability or TDIU. There seems to continue … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, Humor, KP Veterans, TDIU, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA Attorneys, vARO Decisions, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

§3.103-PRE AND POST AMA RE HEARINGS

In the prior post Home Alone–The AMA, a fellow NOVA member and VA Agent (Jim Radogna)  queried me on the status of the availability of hearings at the AOJ level and how they are conducted now in the post- AMA … Continue reading

Posted in Appeals Modernization Act, Complaints Department, CUE, DRO and BVA Hearings, Duty to Assist, Food for thought, Independent Medical Opinions, KP Veterans, Lawyering Up, Lay testimony, Nexus Information, NOVA Attorneys, RAMP Appeals (AMA), Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA Attorneys, VA BACKLOG, VA statistics, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

HOME ALONE–THE AMA

Live… From the VA Entertainment Capital of the World… Iiiiiiiit’s asknod! As the title suggests, I’m home alone if you exclude my extended menagerie of pets. Cupcake is off to do her radiation therapy and CT afterwards. I’m recovering from … Continue reading

Posted in Appeals Modernization Act, FACE HUMOR, Food for thought, Humor, KP Veterans, Pickles, Tips and Tricks, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

VBA-FORT FUMBLE, Va.–DOWN FOR DOUBLE

In my war, we were taught to have a three-to-one advantage in force and air superiority to ensure a win. What we were taught and how to employ it varied greatly when it came time to apply lessons learned. In … Continue reading

Posted in Aid and Attendance, Appeals Modernization Act, BvA Decisions, CAVC Knowledge, CUE, DRO and BVA Hearings, Humor, KP Veterans, SMC, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA Medical Mysteries Explained, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments