Category Archives: Introduction-Read these first

Green vs. Black Berets

I have two rules. Rule #1- I am here to win my claim Rule #2- If denied, refer back to Rule #1 7/28/89 I was at the VAMC in American Lake last week and saw a young Army soldier with … Continue reading

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NEXUS LETTERS AND JETGUNS

Nexus letters. Perhaps the single most important item in your claim is a piece of paper with magic words on it. What’s frightening is that almost no one files with it in hand. VSOs seem oblivious to the requirement which … Continue reading

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UPDATE ON DR.CECIL

I just received an email from Dr. Ben Cecil. His old  email address is deluged in spam and almost useless. If any of you need a nexus letter for your illness(es), please contact me by clicking on the Email asknod page … Continue reading

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BVA–TARRED AND FEATHERED

This is a classic example of VA’s habit of interviewing you at an initial intake exam and trying to pin the willful misconduct tail on the donkey. I have witnessed it numerous times, including having it almost happen to me. … Continue reading

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BVA–§1151-HCV Reasonably Foreseeable?

I always search BVA and CAVC decisions for medical validity and to see how the VA approaches these things. While reviewing this decision, I noticed, as did the VLJ, that a VA physician opined that the risk of acquiring an … Continue reading

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Of Prophylactics And The Monsoon

Even though I spent most of my two years either in Thailand or north of the border, I did have occasion to visit Saigon more than once on business at 7th Tactical Air Combat Control (TACC). I was there for … Continue reading

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DC 7354–THE FINE PRINT

A member sent me an email and stated that he could never qualify for 20% or more under the HCV ratings percentages even though he was very ill. He wondered how any of us ever got above that with the … Continue reading

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VA — TRICK OR TREAT

On October 31st, 1990, the VA instituted the concept of willful misconduct. Prior to this the measurement was nominally Line of Duty (LOD). If you did something stupid like driving drunk and really messing yourself up, that was not LOD. … Continue reading

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38 CFR §4.14–The Dreaded Pyramiding Regulation

I had a phone call from a member who lives near us last night (Peter aka Menalteed). He was having trouble navigating this new site looking for an old post that discusses the inequities of DC 7354  (HCV) and DC … Continue reading

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Deciphering CAVC (cont.) Part 3

This is Part 3 of a 3 part analysis of a Court decision. To read the whole decision, please access the CAVC Forum and click on Part 1 followed by Part 2.  C. Prejudice The Court must next consider whether … Continue reading

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