Category Archives: Lawyering Up

Overcoming the VA’s New DBQ Policy

Last week, the VA announced that it would discontinue the use of public-facing Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) – meaning that it would no longer make DBQs available to the general public on its website. DBQs are standardized forms completed by … Continue reading

Posted in C&P exams, Diagnostic Codes (DCs), Guest authors, Lawyering Up, Uncategorized, VA Attorneys, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

FT. PEA GRAVEL, ARKANSAS–OZARK MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS

As all of you Coronaphobiacs know, April Fool’s is my Birthday. And that being the case, life would not be worth a hoot if I didn’t gig some poor soul somewhere in the world. Somebody must pay for this crime. … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, ASKNOD BOOK, Complaints Department, Corona pandemic, Food for the soul, HCV Epidemiology, KP Veterans, Lawyering Up, Legacy Claims, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA FTCA Claims, VA Medical Mysteries Explained, VA Secretaries, VARO Misfeasance, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

BVA–MAMA’S LITTLE BABY LOVES SHORTNIN’ BREAD

My daddy the Fighter Pilot used to sing me to sleep with that ditty in Albany Georgia back in the early fifties. We lived near Turner AFB at 1705 12th Ave. HEmlock 6-2613 just up the hill from Slappey Blvd. … Continue reading

Posted in 100% ratings, Agent Orange, All about Veterans, AO, KP Veterans, Lawyering Up, Legacy Claims, Nexus Information, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law, Vietnam War history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Developing Evidence to Win Your MST Claim

Winning any VA disability claim can be a daunting task. But Veterans with PTSD related to Military Sexual Trauma (MST) usually face a difficult up-hill battle for one important reason: Sexual trauma is rarely reported in service, often because of … Continue reading

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§3.103-PRE AND POST AMA RE HEARINGS

In the prior post Home Alone–The AMA, a fellow NOVA member and VA Agent (Jim Radogna)  queried me on the status of the availability of hearings at the AOJ level and how they are conducted now in the post- AMA … Continue reading

Posted in Appeals Modernization Act, Complaints Department, CUE, DRO and BVA Hearings, Duty to Assist, Food for thought, Independent Medical Opinions, KP Veterans, Lawyering Up, Lay testimony, Nexus Information, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA Attorneys, VA BACKLOG, VA statistics, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

HADIT.COM RADIO SHOW THIS PM

Good afternoon, campers. Jerrell has asked me to once again join him and his merry band of Veterans on his Blogtalk radio program tonight. As usual, I am honored to be able to pass on my fractured faery tales of … Continue reading

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THE NEW VA AMA–A CHUTES AND LADDERS GAME FOR VETS

Yeppers. You read that right. But it doesn’t begin to describe what I’m trying to convey to all you aspiring pro se Veterans, freshly minted Juris Doctorates seeking an exciting career in VA law or older, more experienced attorneys looking … Continue reading

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INDEPENDENT MEDICAL OPINIONS–WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY AND WHEN

Once I discovered the recipe to VA claims, I set out to teach others. I started this website in 2008 expressly for that purpose. I have taught, and discoursed endlessly on the need for a true, well-constructed Independent Medical Opinion … Continue reading

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CAFC-HUDICK V. WILKIE–THEY ARE ONE PERSON

 I took my first AO-in-Thailand case last month. Welcome aboard the U.S.S. Asknod, Ray. I guess we all gravitate back mentally to the place we served when we were over there. Even though I was in many places, both west … Continue reading

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MILESTONES–WAYNE ‘DAN’ MOSER–SWIFTBOATER

I got the call the other day that we lost another Vietnam Vet to Agent Orange. Fortunately (I guess), Dan was Brownwater Navy on the rivers and the estuaries leading down into the South China Sea. He was given Nehmer … Continue reading

Posted in Agent Orange, Aid and Attendance, All about Veterans, Blue Water Navy, KP Veterans, Lawyering Up, PTSD, SC For Cause of Death, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments