Category Archives: VA BACKLOG

Fact or Rumor: Will most C and P exams be contracted out in the near future?

Rep. Elaine Luria, Chair of the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA), Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is not happy with Sec. Wilke.And she wants a response to her letter of 10/20/20 by Nov. 16th. Why? It seems as … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, C&P exams, Congressional Influence, Food for thought, Future Veterans, General Messages, Guest authors, IMOs/IMEs, Nexus Information, Uncategorized, VA BACKLOG, VA Health Care, vA news | 11 Comments

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

Posted in 2020 Fall NOVA (Virtual), Corona pandemic, Corona virus, Food for thought, Humor, Lawyering Up, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA Attorneys, VA BACKLOG, vA news, VBMS, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

§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

Posted in Appeals Modernization Act, Complaints Department, CUE, DRO and BVA Hearings, Duty to Assist, Food for thought, Independent Medical Opinions, KP Veterans, Lawyering Up, Lay testimony, Nexus Information, NOVA Attorneys, RAMP Appeals (AMA), Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA AMA appeals knowledge, VA Attorneys, VA BACKLOG, VA statistics, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fast-Tracking Your VA Case

Are You Tired of Waiting on a Decision from the VA? Getting the VA benefits you deserve can feel like jumping through hoops with no end in sight.  Generally, the VA decides cases in the order that a claim or … Continue reading

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Phú Hội –THE 128TH AVIATION CO. (ASSAULT)

First of all, I wish to state that I am a person of color in addition to being an American citizen. I’ve been wanting to say that ever since they reminted the word ‘racist’. Look in the mirror. We are … 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

Posted in All about Veterans, KP Veterans, Lawyering Up, Tips and Tricks, VA Agents, VA BACKLOG, VA RAMP, VBMS Tricks, Veterans Law | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

“Bombs in your Back Yard” series by ProPublica

Frank has forwarded information to us about ProPublica’s series, “Bombs in Our Backyards.” (LINK)  This work sheds light on the dangerous environmental practices the DOD has been dealing with.   On May 7, 2018, ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten writes: Get an Inside Look at … Continue reading

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VA Emergency Care good news: Staab v Sec. Shulkin

Thanks to Frank’s helpful eyeballs, I have some good news to report about the veteran emergency care benefit that has been withheld since 2010. Sec. Shulkin has had a change of heart.  Last week he held that the Staab case … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, CAVC Knowledge, CAVC ruling, General Messages, Guest authors, Important CAVC/COVA Ruling, Inspirational Veterans, Lawyering Up, non-va care, Uncategorized, VA BACKLOG, VA Secretaries | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

POTENTIAL ‘NEW’ VA SECRETARY CHOICES

In an interesting twist, President-elect Trump’s transition team, flummoxed by recent refusals of top-dog choices for VA Secretary, have decided to dig down deeper in the barrel for ‘real’ experience. Beginning tomorrow, Trump’s transition team will begin interviews with several … Continue reading

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VA rats fighting emergency care CAVC ruling: Richard W. Staab v. Robert A. McDonald

The financial shocks that VHA-enrolled veterans face when they find out that none of their emergency care claims will be covered, if they have Medicare or private insurance, is of no ethical concern to the VA.  The National Veterans Legal Services … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, CAvC HCV Ruling, CAVC Knowledge, CAVC ruling, CAVC/COVA Decision, Complaints Department, Food for thought, Important CAVC/COVA Ruling, Lawyering Up, Military Madness, research, Uncategorized, VA Attorneys, VA BACKLOG, vA news | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments