Category Archives: Food for thought

The VA Community Care Network for Urgent Care/Retail Clinics

This is a valuable benefit. “Urgent Care is Not a Replacement for Preventive or Emergency Care“ Due to COVID-19, VA has cancelled millions of face-to-face appointments. This post is about using the new VA Urgent Care (UC) benefit. If eligible, … Continue reading

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Fact or Rumor: Will most C and P exams be contracted out in the near future?

Rep. Elaine Luria, Chair of the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA), Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is not happy with Sec. Wilke.And she wants a response to her letter of 10/20/20 by Nov. 16th. Why? It seems as … Continue reading

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2020 FALL NOVA CONFERENCES (VIRTUAL)

For the same reasons I don’t like videoconference hearings before VA Judges, so, too, I abhor what I just suffered through the last two days. NOVA’s legal conferences are scheduled for various parts of the United States in order to … Continue reading

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BVA HEARINGS INFO-TRAVEL BOARD AND VIDEO

I received a NOVA update on how the Appeals backlog at the Board is faring. I’d give it (progress) a so-so on a scale of 1-10. Corovirus 20 aside, it seems the pesky backlog of Legacy Appeals continues to fester. … Continue reading

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2020 Nobel Prize for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded. “This year’s Nobel Prize is awarded to three scientists who have made a decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem that causes cirrhosis … Continue reading

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Start Civilian Life as a Home-Based Entrepreneur

You’ve served your country well, and now you’re ready to begin a new venture. If you haven’t already contemplated it among your options, it might be the perfect time to start a business of your very own. Working from home … Continue reading

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“New” Agent Orange Presumptives Amendment–next stop, House leadership, then President Trump

Around three years ago, VA Sec. Doctor David Shulkin, on the basis of scientific evidence, was on the verge of rule-making in favor of adding bladder cancer, Parkinson’s-like symptoms and hypothyroidism as service-connected presumptive AO diseases.  Shulkin was fired.  Since … Continue reading

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Today’s Navy : Why NO gloves during these medical procedures?

Seeing is believing.  This was published by the Navy in 2020. COVID19LEADERSHANDBOOK_V2 Oct. 2019 photo: PRE-COVID-19 awareness-No.  Blood-borne virus awareness  (HCV, HIV, or HBV)-Yes, but ignored.  “The Navy, which for months had the majority of the military’s cases, grew by … Continue reading

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#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

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US Space Force (USSF)

The COVID-19 pandemic has not put a dent in the organization and mission activities of USSF, our newest (6th) armed service branch. Eighty-six graduates, out of 967, were “…moved directly into the U.S. Space Force, (Link) marking the first infusion … Continue reading

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