Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

VAROs– MEAN MR. MUSTARD

The VA claims process continues to recede into a “Not It!” game. A rater will struggle to find some procedural stone left unturned and put the claim back in the National Work Queue (NWQ) hopper. Alternately, your claim becomes a … Continue reading

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DAN MOSER–KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR

This is a poignant day for all Vietnam Veterans. Imagine having to pick a day and imbue it with great pomp and circumstance. May 5th, 1975 represents the last (official) day of the Vietnam War. We Veterans of the conflict … Continue reading

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EASTER TRICK OR TREAT AT THE VA

No, I’m not a conspiracy freak. I do not’ subscribe to Chemtrails Today or Deep State Magazine. I instead prefer light humor and get the news feed from the VAOIG Monthly “Highlights”. How about that discovery that all those VA … Continue reading

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NOVA–THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE VET BUSINESS

Just as Spring approaches and everyone is planning their Toga Parties, I, and other like-minded Veterans Advocates descend on the Spring Conferences. What? You guys don’t do Toga Parties? How utterly uncivilized. At the NOVA conferences, we learn new tricks … 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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VR&E ILP–RESTRICTED ACCESS CLAIMS CENTERS (RACCs)

Have you ever disobeyed a direct order and literally come out smelling like roses? Have you ever plunked a pair of MK 82 500 pounders right into the mouth of a limestone karst cave off Route 7 and gotten secondary … 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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