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How to Avoid a $250,000 Typo

It is absolutely vital that you read every rating decision in detail, comparing it to the findings of your VA C&P exams, your Medical Board Narrative Summary and any addenda to these documents.  Why? Because failing to do so can cost you anywhere from thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending upon your pay […]

How to Avoid a $250,000 Typo

It is absolutely vital that you read every rating decision in detail, comparing it to the findings of your VA C&P exams, your Medical Board Narrative Summary and any addenda to these documents.  Why? Because failing to do so can cost you anywhere from thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending upon your pay […]

The Purpose of VA One-time Reconsideration Requests

Many times when I am reviewing initial IDES combined rating decisions with prospective clients, they will tell me that they want to go to a formal hearing (“FPEB”) to increase the ratings assigned to DOD unfitting conditions. Frankly, in the IDES process, that is not how things work. The purpose of FPEBs is to add […]

When the Day Seems Darkest

There are some days when my clients are truly burnt out from the effort required to work with me to build an effective case and achieve the best possible results in their military and VA disability cases.   When they reach those moments, I always suggest a quick break for a little fresh air, exercise, […]

When the Day Seems Darkest

There are some days when my clients are truly burnt out from the effort required to work with me to build an effective case and achieve the best possible results in their military and VA disability cases.   When they reach those moments, I always suggest a quick break for a little fresh air, exercise, […]

The Purpose of VA One-time Reconsideration Requests

Many times when I am reviewing initial IDES combined rating decisions with prospective clients, they will tell me that they want to go to a formal hearing (“FPEB”) to increase the ratings assigned to DOD unfitting conditions. Frankly, in the IDES process, that is not how things work.  The purpose of FPEBs is to add […]

Celebrating the anniversary of the Scott O’Grady Rescue

Today’s post is different than most- given all of the angst raised by the SGT Bergdahl prisoner exchange, I thought that it would be worth reminding all Americans of a special moment in our military history. You see, today is a day worth celebrating- the anniversary of the day that we brought home Scott O’Grady. […]

Celebrating the anniversary of the Scott O’Grady Rescue

Today’s post is different than most- given all of the angst raised by the SGT Bergdahl prisoner exchange, I thought that it would be worth reminding all Americans of a special moment in our military history.  You see, today is a day worth celebrating- the anniversary of the day that we brought home Scott O’Grady. […]

For Coasties Only

Given the unique nature of the Coast Guard’s legacy disability system, I have taken the liberty of developing a booklet providing specific action steps that are designed to help you to work with me to obtain the best possible results for you and your family.  These tips address every stage of the process and are […]

When to Hire Counsel

Today I had to break the news to three DOD service members seeking to retain counsel for formal hearings that there was no way in which I could effectively represent them in hearings that were only a week away.  You see, by the time that you reach the formal hearing stage, you have been in […]

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