Category Archives: Higher Level of Review (HLR)

LINCOLN LOG SMC UPDATE

Cupcake and I attended a soirée for a politician wannabe recently. A rude, pushy woman we know got in my face and asked my opinion á-propos  Roe versus Wade. Hoooooo, doggies. I thought for a few seconds and finally came … Continue reading

Posted in Aid and Attendance, All about Veterans, Higher Level of Review (HLR), KP Veterans, SMC, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

HEPATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY–WORD SALAD FOR BRAIN FOG

Unless I miss my guess, I reckon summer, or what’s going to pass for summer hereabouts, has arrived. We’ve had two successive days where it actually got near 80°. I’m playing it safe and keeping the pool at 88° until … Continue reading

Posted in Agent Orange, AO, BvA HCV decisions, hepatitis, Higher Level of Review (HLR), IMOs/IMEs, Nexus Information, TDIU, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

HLR–THIRD RATE ROMANCE (LOW RENT RENDEZVOUS)

Well, boy howdy. I honestly thought I’d seen everything but this one is a daisy. I’m not sure how to tell you all the particulars-or if you’d even believe me were I to. It’s so bizarre as to statistically deny … Continue reading

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GETTING INSIDE THE WIRE AT VA

Winning a VA claim is not impossible. Obviously, it isn’t easy but then there are a lot of things in life that require finesse. After 30 years of throwing darts at VA’s dartboard, I’ve watched them change over time. Old, … Continue reading

Posted in HCV Epidemiology, hepatitis, Higher Level of Review (HLR), Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VBMS, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

§5104(b)–WHAT’S IN YOUR RD?

February 22. In Bent Brain land, the folks in white coats call it a trigger or precipitator of depression. You watch that date approach inexorably every year and dread its arrival. After two weeks in a horrible funk, you crawl … Continue reading

Posted in Appeals Modernization Act, Duty to Assist, Higher Level of Review (HLR), Humor, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VARO Misfeasance, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

LZ CORK– HLR-GIMME THREE STEPS TOWARDS THE DOOR

I always wonder who the unlucky sucker is that draws the short straw on these claims. VA raters- even the old fossils- do not have a clue how to deal with §3.156(c) claims. To tell you the truth, my comprehension … Continue reading

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DOUBLE HEADER WEEKEND

Before I begin, let me relay a funny happening. Once upon a time back prior to Thanksgiving in 2016, I wrote a humorous article about cheating on c&p exams. I caught a lot of flak for it because some with … Continue reading

Posted in 3.156(c), Agent Orange, All about Veterans, Blue Water Navy, Corona pandemic, Corona virus, Higher Level of Review (HLR), Humor, Independent Medical Opinions, LZ Cork, TBI, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, Veterans Law, Vietnam War history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments