Category Archives: SMC

FORT FUMBLE–HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS

One thing I know is that VA higher ups can be cantankerous and throw an a&a decision in underneath the bottom of the inbasket out of spite. Especially if they see my moniker on it. They did it to me … Continue reading

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BVA-A&A–IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Nothing makes my heart skip a beat like seeing a BVA decision pop up in VBMS. Well, let me rephrase that. Nothing except for that infernal habit of  my heart suddenly deciding it wants to go apeshit at about 288 … Continue reading

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PYRAMIDING PARKINSON’S–PICK YOUR POISON, SONNY

Imagine suffering from Diabetes with severe peripheral neuropathy. Now, supersize that with advanced Parkinson’s and a full load out of the symptomatology. You’re not a doctor so you file for loss of use of your upper and lower extremities. Does … Continue reading

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EXPOSED VET RADIO SHOW THURDSAY 20 OCTOBER 1900 HRS E

How many of you have applied for an increase after about 10 years and they run you through the new c&p gamut of what would appear to be a normal physical with a side order of closer examination of an … Continue reading

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SMC N– NEVER HEARD OF IT. GIVE HIM AN S

You won’t see me write very much about SMC N because it’s the “hump” rating. To get there you need to have- at a bare minimum, loss of use of the lower extremities with one extremity useless above the knee … Continue reading

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FORT FUGETABOUTIT (HOUSTON)–A PAIR OF JEANS THAT FIT JUST RIGHT

In 1973, I was unceremoniously evicted from the ranks of active military personnel. My crime? Why, being antisocial with passive aggressive tendencies. Since then, it’s metastasized. I have become social with active aggressive tendencies. This personality disorder pays off in … Continue reading

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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

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LINCOLN LOG SMC-PREPARE THE PUNJI PIT

Some litigators are recalcitrant to reveal their techniques for getting from A to B. I don’t feel that way. This is a true Do-It-Yourself (DIY) site. I don’t have time to do every claim that comes through the door. If … Continue reading

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BVA–(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTON

Have you ever had a claim go sideways over and over again ad nauseum? Hell, of course you have if it was the VA. Remember how they get to ‘construe’ what they think it is you’re asking for? Now imagine … Continue reading

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SMC T–FINDING SOMEONE TO FIGHT FOR YOU

Searching through VA data, it might appall you to discover just how many of you are not totally disabled who should be. I remember seeing some of the early breakdowns of ratings percentages by actual numbers rather than broad statistics … Continue reading

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