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CONTRACT C&Ps NOW BEING SCHEDULED

Just pulled this off the TTY.  LHI, QTC and VES are allegedly open for business. Could be the VA are even hiring on some new outfits. Relax. It’s standard SOS-DD.    I’m sure we’d all like to believe the VA … Continue reading

Posted in C&P exams, Corona pandemic, Corona virus, Nexus Information | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

FORT FUMBLE SEATTLE–I HOPE YOU HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE

Today marks the first time I’ve woken up to a yellowish, smoky overcast with no sun since Vietnam. It finally made an anemic showing this PM. The only thing missing was the oily petroleum-like aroma of burnt nape, CS and … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 NOVA Conference, Agent Orange, All about Veterans, AO, Appeals Modernization Act, Blue Water Navy, C&P exams, Corona virus, KP Veterans, MST, Nexus Information, PTSD, Thailand AO presumptive path, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VBMS, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law, Women Vets | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

FORT PEA GRAVEL–SQUARE BOB CUE PANTS

While this isn’t my largest number of Clear and Unmistakable Error (CUE) busts on one decision in my career, it’s certainly a butt load of errors to make-not once but thrice. This was clearly a “Mission from God” assignment. Chase … Continue reading

Posted in CUE, Earlier Effective dates, HCV Epidemiology, HCV Risks (documented), KP Veterans, Nexus Information, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

DISGRUNTLED GASLIGHTER/TROLL

Just as the title suggests, every once in a while I get deep-diggers who must sow discord where there is none. Much like an indigestible meal, it causes discomfort that can only be alleviated by visiting it upon others. An … Continue reading

Posted in ASKNOD BOOK, Complaints Department, VA Agents, Veterans Charity concerns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

BVA HEARINGS UPDATES–SMILE AND GRIN AT THE CHANGE ALL AROUND

Right. The Who dialed it. So, as most of you know, I’m a “hearing” kind of litigator. Have Jetgun. Will travel. Wire asknod Seattle. The full panoply and all that. All kidding aside, I strongly believe in the hearing process. … Continue reading

Posted in Appeals Modernization Act, BvA Decisions, BvA HCV decisions, Corona pandemic, Corona virus, KP Veterans | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

BLOG TALK RADIO THURSDAY 8/13/2020

Once again, I don’t get no respect. Jerrell called to say they had a cancellation and would I be available? Well, sure. Anytime I get to bloviate and expound on VA law for an hour in front of a microphone, … Continue reading

Posted in Exposed Veteran Radio Show, Exposed Vets Radio Show, Humor, KP Veterans, Lay testimony, Nexus Information, SVR Radio on hadit.com, Thailand AO presumptive path, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, Veterans Law, Vietnam Disease Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

LZ CORK– ANOTHER TEQUILA SUNRISE–BACK TO THE AMA DRAWING BOARD

Yeppers. I augered in at the CAVC on old Butch’s claim. But due to the wonders of the new AMA system, I merely have to hit the turn signal lever, make a quick u-turn and go back to the Seattle … Continue reading

Posted in 1154(b) combat presumptions, 3.156(c), Agent Orange, All about Veterans, CAVC Knowledge, CAVC ruling, Corona pandemic, Corona virus, Earlier Effective dates, Inferred claims, Informal Claims, Inspirational Veterans, KP Veterans, LZ Cork, Tips and Tricks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

MILESTONES–JOHN LESLIE OLDHAM

A good neighbor and client of mine passed. He had the devil’s own time getting a claim for combat PTSD in Vietnam in the plus column. He ended up finding all his letters he sent home from Cu Chi and … Continue reading

Posted in Milestones, Veterans Law, Vietnam Disease Issues, Vietnam War history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

BLOG TALK RADIO–EXPOSED VET–THURSDAY 7/23/2020

Jerrell and John have graciously invited me back to their radio show for another hour or more of outlier insight on the latest prestidigitational feats of the Veterans Administration. The Kung Fu Flu (less syllables and rolls off the tongue … Continue reading

Posted in Corona pandemic, Exposed Vets Radio Show, Humor, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

#VAISOVERPARTY

Folks, I never thought I’d be writing this column. I no longer think of this simply as a blog project. By now, I feel I’ve earned the right to be considered a vocal, meaningful force for Veterans and an able … Continue reading

Posted in AMC or ARC, Complaints Department, Corona pandemic, Corona virus, Food for thought, Inspirational Veterans, KP Veterans, Pickles, VA Agents, Vietnam War history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments