Category Archives: BvA Decisions

“Service connection for melioidosis is granted”

Burkholderia pseudomallei, (B. pseudomallei) is a bacteria found mainly in the tropics; it  sickens and kills humans and animals.  Anyone directly exposed to tropical soil and water can become infected if there is an opening in skin; ingestion (food/fluids); inhalation … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, Blood info, BvA Decisions, General Messages, Guest authors, medical injections, Medical News, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

VA SUPPLEMENTAL LANE–BEEN THROUGH THE DESERT ON A HORSE WITH NO NAME

Thank you Smoke. I needed a good tag line. A lot of us suffered for years in the era of Non A, Non B Hepatitis before they isolated it and gave it a real name. And, much like finally giving … Continue reading

Posted in 100% ratings, Appeals Modernization Act, BvA Decisions, BvA HCV decisions, HCV Epidemiology, HCV Health, HCV Risks (documented), IMOs/IMEs, Jetgun BvA Decisions, Jetgun Claims evidence, KP Veterans, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA RAMP, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

THE BVA’S “PURPLEBOOK”–THE LAST WORD ON STARE DECISIS

Every once in a while, either someone sends me a great article or a link to one. Once, I got the Army manual on the care and feeding of jetguns.  Nurse Silvia went one better and sent me a whole … Continue reading

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CAVC- BLACKMON v WILKIE–SHRINKS? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ SHRINKS.

Who else but Saint Margaret Bartley, of course.  This is an interesting read and will affect a large number of you who have been hornswoggled into a denial based on a Nurse Practitioner, psychologist (PsyD) or worse..a VES Certified Medical … Continue reading

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VAROs– MEAN MR. MUSTARD

The VA claims process continues to recede into a “Not It!” game. A rater will struggle to find some procedural stone left unturned and put the claim back in the National Work Queue (NWQ) hopper. Alternately, your claim becomes a … Continue reading

Posted in Appeals Modernization Act, BvA Decisions, BvA HCV decisions, Humor, KP Veterans, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA RAMP, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

THE NEW APPEALS MODERNIZATION ACT…AND MORE

When we hit Nashville for the NOVA conferences 20-23 March, I actually though I had a good handle on the AMA layout. Well, ‘not exactly’ as they say over at Rentawreck™.  So, since the time we walked out of there, … Continue reading

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BVA–MORE DECISIONS…AND BE QUICK ABOUT IT, MIND YOU.

Ah, St. Nicholas est mort. We poor naive Veterans have been cheated, been mistreated, and just when we think Congress has finally heard our plea, we discover we didn’t get what we paid for… again.   Not only that, we-that Veterans … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, BvA Decisions, BvA HCV decisions, BVA records tampering, BVA Referrals, Complaints Department, DRO and BVA Hearings, KP Veterans, VA Agents, VA Attorneys, VA statistics, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

CAFC-HUDICK V. WILKIE–THEY ARE ONE PERSON

 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

Posted in Agent Orange, All about Veterans, BvA Decisions, CAFC Rulings, CAVC Knowledge, CAVC ruling, Fed. Cir. & Supreme Ct., KP Veterans, Lawyering Up, Lay testimony, M-21 info, NOVA Attorneys, Thailand AO presumptive path, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

FEDERAL CIRCUIT JUSTICE

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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EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT A BVA REFERRAL

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