Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

LZ CORK–I’LL SEE YOU AND RAISE

How shall I start this article? It began in 2014 in a little bar in Key Center Washington over a scotch (neat, with a water back). Butch’s daughter, born shortly after he arrived in country in late 68, had been … Continue reading

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What Resources Are Available to Help Veterans Start a Business?

Today, an estimated 2.5 million businesses are veteran majority-owned. If you want to join their ranks, taking advantage of available resources is wise. That way, you can get the support you need to make your goals a reality. If you … Continue reading

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SMC–THE PLASTIC FANTASTIC LOVER

I see from the asknod statistics that the most viewed items seem to be articles about Special Monthly Compensation- or SMC in VA parlance. I think, to VA, it is an inconvenient truth; an entitlement that has to be granted … Continue reading

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FORT FUMBLE, NEBRASKA–HELTER SKELTER

Only in the corndog capital of the United States could you have a VA adjudicatory mishap of such epic proportions presented with a straight face. Nah. Just kidding. In this day and age, with the VA’s National Work Queue (NWQ), … Continue reading

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LZ CORK– HLR-GIMME THREE STEPS TOWARDS THE DOOR

I always wonder who the unlucky sucker is that draws the short straw on these claims. VA raters- even the old fossils- do not have a clue how to deal with §3.156(c) claims. To tell you the truth, my comprehension … Continue reading

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EXPOSED VET RADIO SHOW THURSDAY

John just shined the Bat signal in the sky and alerted me to the need for a guest slot on the show. We’ll be there at 1600 Hrs on the Left Coast and 1900 Hrs at the infected end of … Continue reading

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MVA v. SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS–ADVENTURES IN ADVOCACY

Boy howdy there’s nothing like waking up in the morning (on the left coast) and discovering an email from Chris Attig banging a gong and sounding the alarm. It’s not often we get to take the VASEC out behind the … Continue reading

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VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS-A USEFUL ENTRY TOOL TO THE VA ADJUDICATIONS ARENA

Many of my readership bring horror stories to me about their representation by Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs). I get it. It’s one of the prime reasons I decided to become a representative myself-albeit as a private rep.  In the past, … Continue reading

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BVA-DOWN FOR DOUBLE–WHY WE SERVE VETS

Attached, please find a wonderful BVA present for the weekend. It isn’t very often that you find a fellow Vietnam Vet living 5 miles away from you who needed a lot of help-help his good ol’ VFW post service officer … Continue reading

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FED. CIRCUS-TAYLOR v. DENIS THE MENACE–WHAT IT MEANS

Boy howdy won’t it be fun to get more respect when you go up to the Big House (625 Native Americana Ave. NW) now? For decades- since 1989- we’ve been treated like the retarded aunt who lives upstairs in the … Continue reading

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