Tag Archives: VA Law

CAVC–RATLIFF V. SHINSEKI–OH. THAT NOA.

After over two decades of hide and seek, we finally have an equitable tolling doctrine in place. Now that we’d found out it’s not jurisdictional, all manner of former misfeasance by those unmentionable souls at the RO and BVA can … Continue reading

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SPECIAL MONTHLY COMPENSATION–WHAT IS IT?

Member Carla writes and says “my husband has lost the use of his creative organ for all intents and purposes. They attribute this to his DM2. He was also blinded in one eye from shell fragments during a mortar attack … Continue reading

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FED. CIR.–WALKER V. SHINSEKI–§3.303(b) SAYS WHAT?

After years of zooming by 38 CFR §3.303(b) like an anonymous building alongside  the freeway at 65 mph and seeing it quoted often in denials of HCV cases, I was rudely awakened to the following. Apparently a lot of us pro … Continue reading

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PENDING CLAIMS DOCTRINE

Several of you have emailed me concerning the effective date of your claims. There seems to be a lot of misinformation about this. I received an interesting article put out by several “scholars” at VA, or perhaps quoted by VA, on the … Continue reading

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BVA–EARLIER EFFECTIVE DATE

From the Meriwether Lewis and William Clark Memorial VARO in  Portland As many years as I have been doing this, there is always someone such as Mr. Lewis and Clark here who tries to imply that just because he filed in … Continue reading

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SURPRISE! SURPRISE! SURPRISE!-HAMER’S BAAAAAAACK.

Jim Nabors had a way with those words that keeps coming back again and again. Member Dan writes me with the disturbing news that vA is sniffing around his 17 year old rating and measuring him for a Texas necktie party. What … Continue reading

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ASKNOD– BOOK EXCERPT.

Member Courtney of recent Air Force fame asks me for a book excerpt before she buys it. I’ll bite. How about this: Continuity I don’t know if any of you have ever visited a movie set. There is a group … Continue reading

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MORE BIG BROTHER AT THE VA

Just when we thought we’d heard it all about spying on 80 year old VAMC patients, out comes this tidbit spotted by Bodacious Bob, our FAC spotter in the Northeast. It shows the lengths vA is willing to go to … Continue reading

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VBM–FOREGO THE C&P?

Before I begin, I would like it known that Michigan Bob has given us a new 2011 VBM. As for the title above, I know that looks like a misprint and I was floored to read it myself. Nevertheless, right there on … Continue reading

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76.4% of BVA decisions are wrong (and not in the Veterans favor, either!)

Nope.  I did not make this up.  This is Bart Stichman’s testimony to Congress who said it.  For those of you who dont know Bart Stichman,  he is the Executive Director of the NVLSP, and the author of much of … Continue reading

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