Category Archives: SMC

CAVC–BIRTH OF A WRIT ACT III SCENE 6- WHAT? ME WORRY?

I have to hand it to the VA’s Office of General Counsel. With perfect aplomb, Mr. Mark M. McNabb, a mid-level supervisor/litigator for OGC, filed his notice of appearance and the Government’s response to my Writ.  Perhaps, by being mid-level, … Continue reading

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CAVC–BIRTH OF A WRIT-ACT III, SCENE 3- TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE?

I got the BBE or big brown envelope as they say over at Hadit.com yesterday.  From all outward appearances, it looked like VA had chieu hoi’d and granted my heart’s desire- the Special Monthly Compensation “S” all the way back … Continue reading

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SMC–KEVIN ASKS THE BIG QUESTION.

Special Monthly Compensation fascinates me. There’s a valid reason. They can no more follow a standard path to granting it unless prodded to add it up themselves. In most cases, they make no attempt to award it if it’s a … Continue reading

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VAROs–SQUANDERING SCARCE JUDICIAL RESOURCES

Often in the course of my claims and  appeals, I have run across the term above in conjunction with the term ” in the interests of judicial economy”. They are catchphrases either at the BVA kiddycourt or the august CAVC where … Continue reading

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CAVC– HOWELL V. NICHOLSON– WHAT SMC-S REALLY SAYS

I find SMC or Special Monthly Compensation S, as accorded to us true War Vets, to be highly misunderstood by-gasp-Veterans Service Officers who should, by rights, be well-versed in this. I just ran into one on another HCV helpsite and … Continue reading

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SMC-S–ATTEMPTING TO CUE OLD TDIU DECISIONS

I was contacted by a Vet seeking to readjudicate an old award pre-Bradley that entailed the same or similar circumstances. To review, Bradley was awarded TDIU for one, single disability as the predicate for the total disability rating. Nevertheless, he … Continue reading

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