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Service-members get "the boot" from military service for bad conduct in service. Certain types of bad-conduct discharges can be a statutory or regulatory bar to VA Benefits for service-connected disabilities like PTSD. Is there a way to overcome a bad-conduct...read more
The VA C-File is the most important document in any VA Claim or Appeal. One would think, given that the VA has a Duty to Assist the Veteran, that they would get Veterans copies of their claims files as quickly as possible. If one thinks that, one does not know the...read more
First and foremost, I must apologize for the use of the phrase "Homosexual tendencies" -- it's an abhorrent phrase from a less than civilized time in our history.I use the phrase only because it was often the reason that LGBT service-members were discharged from...read more
The VA Claims process is a paper pusher's utopia. So many forms, decisions, notices, documents, instructions, letters, and more fly back and forth between a veteran and the VA. Most of these are "CYA" forms for the VA, or documents that allow the VA to pretend that...read more
When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about when it comes to filing VA...read more
Chronic Conditions, the Presumption of Nexus, and Active Duty for Training: the “Darby Queen” of VA Claims and Appeals.
The Presumption of Nexus for Chronic Conditions is the "Darby Queen" of VA Claims. A lot of the time, Veterans filing VA claims want to jump right in and get to the "nexus" part of their claim - and in this post we will talk about a particular presumption of nexus...read more