Category Archives: Introduction-Read these first

VSOs DON’T GET NO RESPECT

Veterans Service Organization representative Carl Jenkins emails me this New Year’s morning to inform me that I don’t know very much about the process. Mr. Jenkins identifies with the Veterans Of Foreign Wars service organization he represents but neglects to identify which … Continue reading

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BVA–HOUSTON, TEXAS-STYLE NECKTIE PARTY

FROM THE HOUSTON, TEXAS  PRIZE REDEMPTION CENTER Rarely do we get to see such a piece of misogynistic justice rubbed in a Veteran’s face. Rarely, too, do we get to see him go on to the CAVC and get more … Continue reading

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DBQs AND CLAIMS FILING

Lawyer Bob and his stalwart crew up in large mosquito land have sent me some interesting news. As often as I inveigh against using the DBQs (disability benefits questionnaires), I have now been told there is a silver lining to … Continue reading

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Where did your VSO come from?

Most VSO’s are chartered by Congress.  (You should know you are in trouble if it has anything to do with congress.  I am still smarting from the fiscal cliff, and not sure we have not fallen off it yet) According … Continue reading

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vA–HOPE AS A STRATEGY

Member Danielle writes of her Adventures in VSOland… Dear Nod, We had our third visit with my husbands new SO at the DAV on Tuesday and Im worried . He doesn’t seem to understand that my husband is not in … Continue reading

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VARO–It’s A Lie

Member Mike writes me and tells of VA “misconstruing” his evidence. DEAR Mr. Nod, I just got my denail. I had hepatitis in service in Cu Chi in Nam. It’s in my medical reords. 1968. It says infectous hep. clay … Continue reading

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COVA–LAZANO v.DERWINSKI–ESTOPPEL

What is estoppel? It’s another one of those crazy words the Courts use to confuse all but the initiated. Let’s turn it into DickandJanespeak.  Estoppel. See? That was easy. What we have left is “stop” as in “They told me … Continue reading

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