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VA-Hold The Binoculars Backwards Please

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Sometimes, they really must take us for dolts, complete boobs or functionally illiterate, double -digit IQ quirks of society legally licensed to drive automobiles

February 8th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Editor,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Big Dog and Pony Show in Jacksonville

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I have been out digging. I love to poke and I’m just a rank amateur at it. You find all manner of info without having to dig.

January 14th, 2014 | Posted in Gulf War,Gulf War Illness (GWI),PTSD,Support the Troops,Vet News,Veterans Affairs,Vietnam War | Read More »

Against All Odds – Veterans Remain Steadfast

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Defamation lawsuit draws near for two disabled combat wounded Vietnam veterans, as they prepared their own defense for a June 23, 2014 jury trial before the 8th District Court in Clark County.

January 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Of Interest,Top 10,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Veterans Fighting Back!

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A lawsuit set to be heard on June 23, 2014 before the 8th District Court, Clark County could be a deciding factor on whether veterans’ disability can be used to satisfy a civil judgment.

December 30th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Top 10,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Project Sanctuary – A Colorado Charity

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Here’s a real heart warmer charity in Colorado. I read over their 2012 IRS 990 Sanctuary 990 2012 and it’s heartwarming to see real numbers that reflect the commitment we expect to see from a true charity.

December 29th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Gulf War,Gulf War Illness (GWI),Iraq War,Medical Disability Benefits,PTSD,Support the Troops,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Fallout From Wounded Warriors — Part II

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Any time you have a conflagration of public opinion about a charity, many will rush in from both sides of the controversy angrily proclaiming its innocence or perfidy.

December 27th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Gulf War,Iraq War,Support the Troops,Vet News,Veteran Service Organizations,Veterans Affairs,Vietnam War | Read More »

Wounded Warriors Project A Legal Scam

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As we are coming to find out, wounded Vets are big money. Considering I’m 146% disabled, I’m trying to figure out how to tap into this.

December 8th, 2013 | Posted in Gulf War Illness (GWI),Medical Disability Benefits,PTSD,Veteran Service Organizations,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

19 Years, 7 Months and 21 Days – What Backlog?

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In what appears to be the slip showing below the hem of the dress, my latest foray into the maw of the Veterans Administration reveals a disturbing attitude at the appellate level.

November 26th, 2013 | Posted in Agent Orange,Vet News,Veterans Affairs,Vietnam War | Read More »

“Glitch” In New Health Care Law Could Cost Veterans’ Families

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A “glitch”in the Affordable Care Act [ACA] could cost some families thousands of dollars, especially veterans with children.

October 29th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News | Read More »

Ground Control to Major Tom

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Seems like it’s time to take the protein pill again and strap on the brain bucket. When we become Veterans, it is to be assumed we have finished our commitment to preserving America’s freedom.

October 9th, 2013 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Obama Does Orlando

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In an amazing redux of Debby does Dallas, President and Mrs. Obama blew into Orlando with much fanfare to address the DAV hierarchy and dole out the political favors to America’s finest that keep them elected.

August 11th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Veteran Service Organizations,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Resorts to Bribery to Reach 2015 GOAL

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I find it interesting the lengths VA will go to to reach their quota or goals. All’s fair in love and war.

August 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

CAVC– Faust V West (2000)–A Faustian Bargain

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I have been receiving quite a bit of mail regarding VA reducing some of your ratings out there on the fruited plain.

July 14th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

The Presumption of Regularity

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It seems Veterans are assailed from every quarter when they file a claim. Denials in this process are endemic and almost guaranteed the first time out.

July 4th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Editor,Vet News | Read More »

Pirkl V. Shinseki – Back to the Future Cue

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CUE (Clear and Unmistakable Error) claims intrigue me and always have. They are an example of a rare win-usually much later after a failure to appeal.

June 16th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Medical Disability Benefits,Vet News | Read More »

VA Hacking Update

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As most know, it has finally been disclosed that we have been getting some “supplementary help” from some of our sotto voce allies in the war on the backlog.

June 6th, 2013 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Lay Testimony And The VA Examiner

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Recently, when I was backed up with my CAVC claim in March, I received this article and it is an absolute “must read” for do it yourselfer (pro se) claimants.

June 5th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Strategic Planning-VA Style

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I often noticed during the Vietnam Misunderstanding that all the bigwigs would get together down at 7th AF HQ at Tan Son Nhut Airpatch and collaborate on a “new” or improved plan to win the war.

June 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

The Elite 7% Club

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Every year on this auspicious holiday for our fallen, I hear the lament of how commercialized it has become. Lost in the shuffle of countless sales events nationwide, is the concept of serving one’s country.

May 25th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Vietnam War | Read More »

Agent B Presumptive Claims

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The Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) has just announced a new presumptive exposure entitlement due to Agent B for Vietnam Veterans.

May 21st, 2013 | Posted in Humor | Read More »

Board of Vet Appeals-The curious case of Costello Hayslett

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Remember the quintessential Sound Of Music and Julie Andrews et al? Specifically, think of the musical scale song (Doe- a deer, a female deer etc.). Compare that to the trials and tribulations we encounter going up and down the ladder of our claims with the VA.

May 21st, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Editor,Vet News | Read More »

CAVC– Beraud v. Shinseki– Justice Interruptus

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Rarely in the history of the Court of Veterans Appeals do we see a decision announced and published on a Thursday revoked the following Monday.

May 16th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Editor,Vet News | Read More »

FED. CIRCUIT– KYHN v. SHINSEKI–Do As I Say-Not As I Do

CAVC Triers of Fact

Ever since the inception of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims ( CAVC-formerly the Court of Veterans Appeals or COVA), it has been an inviolate precept that the record is closed after a Board Of Veterans Appeals (BVA) decision.

May 6th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Editor,Vet News | Read More »

The Quandary of the “OLDEST CLAIMS” First

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I received a query today from Ralph. Ralph tells me he has already waited 2 + years to get his denial for bad knees and a back from jumping out of things above the earth carrying 80 or more lbs of stuff that wasn’t part of him at birth.

May 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA’S New Provisional Ratings

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When I heard of (and finally understood) the gist of the new provisional ratings announced with great fanfare last week, Blazing Saddles came to mind. More precisely, Cleavon Little as the Western Union Telegram boy.

April 30th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Medical Disability Benefits,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Allison in Wonderland

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You get to do the “Wolf! Yo! I say Wolf-yonder! Bring the guns!” on several occasions before the novelty wears off. Chicken Little didn’t get that email and was forced to repeat the blunder years later.

April 28th, 2013 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – March 20, 2013

The complaint is the culmination of an investigation by special agents from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs-Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey G Hughes, and special agents from the …

March 20th, 2013 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – March 08, 2013

Veteran “Jersey Jeanne” has not let multiple sclerosis slow her down — adaptive sports have changed her life in a positive way. Her life’s motto is: “I got ‘ta’ keep on movin’!”

March 8th, 2013 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

Veterans Gun Seizure Hoax Debunked…Somewhat (updated)

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Stories about “new letters” or a “new law” are total bunk. The law that authorizes gun seizures for those “adjudicated mentally ill” was passed in 1997 but nothing was said about it for over 15 years.

February 25th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Politics | Read More »

Intel Drop: Sunday, February 10, 2010

CREW DUKE, Frying American Troops for Awhile Now

Primary among them is the CREW DUKE system used by the US and NATO to protect troops from IEDs. It is killing more than it is saving.

February 10th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,WarZone | Read More »

 

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