Category Archives: VBMS Tricks

HOME ALONE–THE AMA

Live… From the VA Entertainment Capital of the World… Iiiiiiiit’s asknod! As the title suggests, I’m home alone if you exclude my extended menagerie of pets. Cupcake is off to do her radiation therapy and CT afterwards. I’m recovering from … Continue reading

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VBA-FORT FUMBLE, Va.–DOWN FOR DOUBLE

In my war, we were taught to have a three-to-one advantage in force and air superiority to ensure a win. What we were taught and how to employ it varied greatly when it came time to apply lessons learned. In … Continue reading

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VBA SEATTLE–CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SON

Another great song by Kansas. It aptly describes my Marine. Meet Ken. Survivor of the 1968 Khe Sanh Spring Break. Those animals partied up there for 77 days straight. He got his first Purple Heart several weeks after the siege … Continue reading

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VA LAW–THE WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART

Merry Christmas to you all. If you are not Christians, I apologize. Happy whatever. Let there be joy in these troubled times regardless of what religion (if any) floats your boat. This year has been very, very good to my … Continue reading

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FRIDAY THE 13TH–WHAT ELSE COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN?

Time for a squirt of asknod humor on the squeaky, cranky soul. So far today I have had no calamities. Pickles, Widget and I all went to the Post office to launch some more VA torpedos. I finally figured out … Continue reading

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12/07/2019–YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE LIKE A REFUGEE

Great song. Great band. Great sentiment and it captures what I want to talk about today. 12/07/1941 was 78 years ago but the enormity of the event still resonates today. I utilize it every year, too. My wedding anniversary is … 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

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BVA-LONG NIGHTS, IMPOSSIBLE ODDS, KEEPING MY EYE TO THE KEYHOLE

Happy Labor Day weekend, campers. Here’s a lovely tale of the impossible. My friend Steve tasked me with my biggest challenge yet in VA claims. Image a triple whammy- no Service Treatment Records, no IMO and a free admission that … Continue reading

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VAROs–LOOKING FOR ‘LOSE’ IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

Boy howdy do I love litigating. I read recently that VA litigators experience a lot of angst, depression and despondency. I guess I get some of that when your Vet is dying and you’re just hoping to get it done … Continue reading

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VA SUPPLEMENTAL LANE–BEEN THROUGH THE DESERT ON A HORSE WITH NO NAME

Thank you Smoke. I needed a good tag line. A lot of us suffered for years in the era of Non A, Non B Hepatitis before they isolated it and gave it a real name. And, much like finally giving … Continue reading

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