Category Archives: Duty to Assist

SMC–THE PLASTIC FANTASTIC LOVER

I see from the asknod statistics that the most viewed items seem to be articles about Special Monthly Compensation- or SMC in VA parlance. I think, to VA, it is an inconvenient truth; an entitlement that has to be granted … Continue reading

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FORT FUMBLE, NEBRASKA–HELTER SKELTER

Only in the corndog capital of the United States could you have a VA adjudicatory mishap of such epic proportions presented with a straight face. Nah. Just kidding. In this day and age, with the VA’s National Work Queue (NWQ), … Continue reading

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Charles F. Gardenhire–Korean War Veteran

I lost another of my Veterans a few days back. Charles was my one and only Korean War Veteran. He survived the Chosin Reservoir massacre by staying awake and fighting for days. His company was overrun by the enemy. Sixteen … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY

I’ve been reading a lot of birth announcements on FacePlace™ recently. It must be Circadian rhythm that brings forth this Spring phenomenon. I’m a product of this with my birthday as well. But how about a Prequel? Indeed, a picture … Continue reading

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MEMORIAL DAY 2020–WHAT HAPPENED?

Memorial Day greetings to you all. I’d probably be excoriated for being politically inept if I said Happy Memorial Day. Rightfully so. This isn’t a holiday to hand out attaboys for being a Vet. It’s all about remembrance of loved … Continue reading

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§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

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VBA SEATTLE–CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SON

Another great song by Kansas. It aptly describes my Marine. Meet Ken. Survivor of the 1968 Khe Sanh Spring Break. Those animals partied up there for 77 days straight. He got his first Purple Heart several weeks after the siege … Continue reading

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Comp & Pen Exams: What You Need to Know

Throughout the course of your initial claim or appeal, the VA may order you to go to a Compensation & Pension (Comp & Pen) exam. The VA orders these exams to obtain an opinion about the cause and severity of your condition. Here’s some things you need to know to maximize your chances of getting a positive nexus from any examiner. Continue reading

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LZ CORK–THE DeLOREAN CFR BACK TO 1970

38 CFR §3.156(c) is an oft-misconstrued aberration in the adjudication of Veterans claims. I freely admit I read it very broadly to benefit us munificently in the beginning when I first ran across it. The more precedence I read, the … Continue reading

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VAROs–LOOKING FOR ‘LOSE’ IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

Boy howdy do I love litigating. I read recently that VA litigators experience a lot of angst, depression and despondency. I guess I get some of that when your Vet is dying and you’re just hoping to get it done … Continue reading

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