Category Archives: BvA Decisions


 I took my first AO-in-Thailand case last month. Welcome aboard the U.S.S. Asknod, Ray. I guess we all gravitate back mentally to the place we served when we were over there. Even though I was in many places, both west … Continue reading

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Cupcake asked me to blog about this anomaly. Imagine filing your VA claim at the local Fort Fumble.  You wait 125 days (right!) for your denial. You are then in for a long wait for an appeal. We’re talking six … Continue reading

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I get emails by the dozens every month asking me about this. Some Veterans get their decisions back from the BVA directly and the VSOs never even see it. Maybe that’s just as well. If you won anything, they’d be … Continue reading

Posted in BvA Decisions, BVA Referrals, DM II, Equitable tolling, Humor, KP Veterans, M-21 info, Presumption of Regularity, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA suspense dates, Waiver of Review in the First Instance | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


Some would be angry or disconsolate over a loss at the CAVC. I’m not. I screwed up and I thank Judge Bartley for her fastidious attention to ferreting out the kernels of truth and the error(s) of my Extraordinary Writ. … Continue reading

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VA kidney doc refers to shocking chronic kidney disease (CKD) VISN 2 study (New York region)

  Sometimes VA emails contain information and news about their research that is valuable for us to read.  For example, 34.3-47.3% of veterans in VISN 2 network have chronic kidney disease (CKD).  The ROs are located in Buffalo and New York City … Continue reading

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I just received a grant of some claims and a 96-page SOC that dang near has everything from 38 CFR Part 3 in it verbatim. The postman delivered it on a 40-foot flatbed with a forklift. Naw, just kidding. It … Continue reading

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“Bombs in your Back Yard” series by ProPublica

Frank has forwarded information to us about ProPublica’s series, “Bombs in Our Backyards.” (LINK)  This work sheds light on the dangerous environmental practices the DOD has been dealing with.   On May 7, 2018, ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten writes: Get an Inside Look at … Continue reading

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