Category Archives: VA AMA appeals knowledge

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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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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2020 FALL NOVA CONFERENCES (VIRTUAL)

For the same reasons I don’t like videoconference hearings before VA Judges, so, too, I abhor what I just suffered through the last two days. NOVA’s legal conferences are scheduled for various parts of the United States in order to … Continue reading

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VBA350 FT. FUMBLE ARKANSAS–BAD MOON ON THE RISE

Ever believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Faery? Shoot. Of course you did. Towards the end, you really struggled to believe even though everything pointed to a litany of lies. How come Santa’s signature looked just like Mommy’s? How … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, Appeals Modernization Act, Electronic Filing of Evidence, Independent Medical Opinions, Interferon claims, Jetgun Claims evidence, KP Veterans, Legacy Claims, medical injections, NOVA Attorneys, SOCs and SSOCs, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA Motions for Reconsideration, VBMS, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

BVA–R2–YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT.

But if you try sometime you find…You get what you need. Great song by my favorite band. They were a solid Rock n’ Roll band once upon a time in a place around the world from here. They still are. … Continue reading

Posted in Aid and Attendance, Appeals Modernization Act, KP Veterans, R1/R2, SMC, SOCs and SSOCs, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA Attorneys, VBMS, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

BVA– POST GAME WRAP FOR 2019

I enjoy reading these VA reports. It beats the pants off the VAOIG VAMC hospital inspections. Since they could never pass the high bar for emergency rooms, VA simply declared the ERs persona non grata. Now, if you show up … Continue reading

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VA–THE NEW VBMS USER’S PRIMER

Back in 2012 or 13, under USB Allison Hickey, we were shock ‘n awed by the foray into what would become VBMS. The crude transition from paper to electrons was like watching trees grow. If too many users logged in … Continue reading

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§3.103-PRE AND POST AMA RE HEARINGS

In the prior post Home Alone–The AMA, a fellow NOVA member and VA Agent (Jim Radogna)  queried me on the status of the availability of hearings at the AOJ level and how they are conducted now in the post- AMA … Continue reading

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FALL NOVA–POST GAME WRAP

Fall NOVA (National Organization of Veterans Advocates) conferences were fairly interesting and also slightly disconcerting. It is well known that VA is a lying, deceiving, anti-Veteran agency of the government. If you know that going in to this business, you … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 Fall NOVA Portland, All about Veterans, Appeals Modernization Act, CAVC Knowledge, Complaints Department, Food for thought, Humor, KP Veterans, Lawyering Up, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA Attorneys, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law, Vietnam War history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

HI-HO,HI-HO-TO NOVA WE SHALL GO

Greetings fellow gladiators. While I almost never go to two NOVAs a year, how could I resist? Portland is just a 2 ½-hour jaunt down I-5. With Cupcake, we can leave the inflatable doll home and still drive in the … Continue reading

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