Category Archives: Earlier Effective dates

CAVC– Barry v. Denis the Menace

Long have we waited for some guidance on this subject. The quandary was, and still is, simple…and ageless. Reading §3.350(f)(3) or, arguendo, (f)(4), is it open to conjecture as to whether a half-step and/or a whole step increase in SMC … Continue reading

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VA C&P EXAMS–THE NEUROLOGIST FROM HELL

Right. I’ll take c&p exams for a million dollars, Alex. The answer is… “Dr. JD  of the American Lake VAMC”.  What is an “illegitimate IMO”?  Correct, Johnny Vet.  Boy howdy, in all my days doing this, and they’re beginning to … Continue reading

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LZ CORK–I’LL SEE YOU AND RAISE

How shall I start this article? It began in 2014 in a little bar in Key Center Washington over a scotch (neat, with a water back). Butch’s daughter, born shortly after he arrived in country in late 68, had been … 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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BVA–NOTHING IS EVERYTHING

27°. Boy howdy is it ever cold out today. The great big Snowmageddon going on across our fruitless plains finally arrived hereabouts yesterday. Pickles loves it. This wouldn’t be considered a real Snowstorm snowstorm unless you just moved here from … Continue reading

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VAROs–THE THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM?

Welcome to the New Year. It’s apparent we have a new metric afoot in the Veterans Service Centers across our fruited plains. Right. VAROs are now called VSCs and have been for a while. The boss of the “service” center … Continue reading

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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

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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

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EXPOSED VET RADIO SHOW–THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM

Hey there, VA campers. I hope your misery meter is lower than whalepoop. If it isn’t, and your liver can handle it, pop a Corona, aim it towards Wuhan and give them a raspberry. As you may have noticed, Jerrell … Continue reading

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LZ CORK– CAVC ACT ONE-THE OPENING BRIEF

Lonestar belt buckles and old faded Levis… and each night begins a new day. And here we are at the Big House. It’s been a long journey from 2008 to 2020. Learn, learn and learn. And I had to go … Continue reading

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