Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

VETERANS DAY 2019–UDORN RTAFB– MY BAND OF BROTHERS

Yet another Veterans Day story in the “pages of our war” lives. This one hits closer to home for me on several different levels. I wish to introduce you to Ray from Texas. Once upon a time, Ray served over … Continue reading

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CAVC–#19-7301–LZ CORK-BUTCH’S LAST STAND

I guess that header will grab you by the eyeballs if nothing else doesn’t. Yes, Ladies and Gentleman Veterans, to plagiarize a horse-racing term, I am finally busting my maiden as “First Chair” as litigators refer to the lead attorney … Continue reading

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BORN TO BE WILD–THE NEWEST 100%ER CLUB MEMBER

There’s just nothing like a good All Hallow’s Eve story. This one was brought to me by my East Coast supervisor of VA Justice.  I reckon that was back in Summer 2018. Bruce McCartney is renowned throughout the Southeast States’ … Continue reading

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Comp & Pen Exams: What You Need to Know

Throughout the course of your initial claim or appeal, the VA may order you to go to a Compensation & Pension (Comp & Pen) exam. The VA orders these exams to obtain an opinion about the cause and severity of your condition. Here’s some things you need to know to maximize your chances of getting a positive nexus from any examiner. Continue reading

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LZ CORK–THE DeLOREAN CFR BACK TO 1970

38 CFR §3.156(c) is an oft-misconstrued aberration in the adjudication of Veterans claims. I freely admit I read it very broadly to benefit us munificently in the beginning when I first ran across it. The more precedence I read, the … Continue reading

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“Service connection for melioidosis is granted”

Burkholderia pseudomallei, (B. pseudomallei) is a bacteria found mainly in the tropics; it  sickens and kills humans and animals.  Anyone directly exposed to tropical soil and water can become infected if there is an opening in skin; ingestion (food/fluids); inhalation … Continue reading

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VARO–TDIU WITH A SIDE OF CUE

Sometimes when you review a 60-s-70’s-vintage claims file, you run in to all manner of errors immortalized now in VBMS. Not only that, they are in living color. That old C&P exam on the vintage VA Form 10-2545 is still … Continue reading

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