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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 »

The Roberts Redux

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The Veterans Administration is one of the largest agencies of the US government. As such, they consume the lion’s share of the finances in their administration of benefits and medical services to Veterans.

December 8th, 2013 | Posted in Medical Disability Benefits,PTSD,Veteran Service Organizations,Veterans Affairs,Vietnam War | 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 »

VetSuccess Now Serving Veterans at 94 Campuses Nationwide

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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today it is expanding the availability of services through the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program to an additional 62 new locations this fall – bringing the number of VSOC schools across the country to 94.

August 30th, 2013 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

VetLikeMe, edition 4.6 August-September 2013

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On July 31, Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced HR 2882 in the House Small Business Committee. Although the bill overtly addresses what some consider the Veterans Administration’s ‘failing’ verification system, the measure has ignited passion within the SDVOSB community.

August 24th, 2013 | Posted in Of Interest | 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 »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 22, 2013

Were you exposed to Agent Orange during your military service and have a chronic B-cell leukemia? You may qualify for VA health care and disability compensation.

July 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans

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VA provides grants to Servicemembers and Veterans with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities to help purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home to accommodate a disability.

July 19th, 2013 | Posted in Vet News | 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 »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 17, 2013

The U.S. Veterans Affairs department says it has hit a “tipping point,” cutting its monstrous backlog of disability claims by 74,000 since late April, yet agency critics contend that growing throngs of ex-troops waiting for injury compensation in …

June 17th, 2013 | Posted in Top 10,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 »

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 »

Horsetrading At The Dro Corral

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No sooner following its incestuous birth and surreptitious inauguration, the brand new (for those of you in St. Petersburg) VA Form 21-0958 NOD (Notice Of Disagreement) is generating friction with attorneys for Veterans. And well it should.

May 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News | 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 »

Victoria’s Secret — Compromised C-Files

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I got an email from a lady named Victoria about her husband’s c-file. First of all, gentlemen, divorce your mind from her name. This is nothing scurrilous. She could just as well have been named Monica. Names are immaterial.

May 11th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Editor,Vet News | Read More »

The OGC and Joint Motions For Remand

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On the offbeat chance you have to fight your way up to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) for justice, you will probably be offered the Joint Motion for Remand (JMR) by the VASEC’s legal henchmen, the Office of General Counsel or OGC.

May 8th, 2013 | Posted in Editor,Vet News | Read More »

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

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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 »

 

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