Category Archives: Lay testimony

BVA–AAAAAAAAll Aboard

A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum barn to feed the horses last October. A former SEAL called me up and asked for representation. Seems he was qualifying for BUDS back in 1974 after his RVN tour … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, BVA Hearings, IMOs/IMEs, Independent Medical Opinions, Lay testimony, Nexus Information, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

VA C&P EXAMS–THE NEUROLOGIST FROM HELL

Right. I’ll take c&p exams for a million dollars, Alex. The answer is… “Dr. JD  of the American Lake VAMC”.  What is an “illegitimate IMO”?  Correct, Johnny Vet.  Boy howdy, in all my days doing this, and they’re beginning to … Continue reading

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LORD, TELL ME IT’S NOT THAT MEDRANO

Cupcake and I were having coffee yesterday morning and I was scrolling down through my Google® newsfeed when I inadvertently administered (again) a coffee enema to my nose. The article described a former Marine, now a Veterans Service Officer (soon … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, CAVC Knowledge, CAVC ruling, CAVC/COVA Decision, Lay testimony, PTSD, Reductions in rating, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, Veterans Law, Vietnam War history, VSOs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

BLOG TALK RADIO THURSDAY 8/13/2020

Once again, I don’t get no respect. Jerrell called to say they had a cancellation and would I be available? Well, sure. Anytime I get to bloviate and expound on VA law for an hour in front of a microphone, … Continue reading

Posted in Exposed Veteran Radio Show, Exposed Vets Radio Show, Humor, KP Veterans, Lay testimony, Nexus Information, SVR Radio on hadit.com, Thailand AO presumptive path, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, Veterans Law, Vietnam Disease Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

LZ CORK–LOOKING FOR TRUTH AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME

Boy, howdy, if you live in Houston, you’re in for a Miriam Webster revision. As of now, you no longer have a four bedroom home with a Master bath/spa. Negatory. It’s now a Primary Bed/Bathroom. I’m wondering on how that … Continue reading

Posted in 1154(b) combat presumptions, 3.156(c), 4th of July, Agent Orange, All about Veterans, ASKNOD BOOK, CAVC Knowledge, Corona pandemic, Inferred claims, Informal Claims, KP Veterans, Lay testimony, TBI, Tips and Tricks, Veterans Law, Vietnam War history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

LZ CORK– CAVC ACT ONE-THE OPENING BRIEF

Lonestar belt buckles and old faded Levis… and each night begins a new day. And here we are at the Big House. It’s been a long journey from 2008 to 2020. Learn, learn and learn. And I had to go … 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, NOVA Attorneys, RAMP Appeals (AMA), Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA Attorneys, VA BACKLOG, VA statistics, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

BVA-LONG NIGHTS, IMPOSSIBLE ODDS, KEEPING MY EYE TO THE KEYHOLE

Happy Labor Day weekend, campers. Here’s a lovely tale of the impossible. My friend Steve tasked me with my biggest challenge yet in VA claims. Image a triple whammy- no Service Treatment Records, no IMO and a free admission that … 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

Posted in All about Veterans, Appeals Modernization Act, Duty to Assist, KP Veterans, Lawyering Up, Lay testimony, M-21 info, NOVA Attorneys, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA Attorneys, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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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