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Everyone has an opinion, but …

It is positively amazing how many times prospective clients come to me and say “I know what my case is worth, because I have been told that …” .  Stop right there, my friend.   Unless the persons proffering these opinions have reviewed your medical records, non-medical evidence and have previously been adjudicators or counsel in […]

Everyone has an Opinion, but… 

It is positively amazing how many times prospective clients come to me and say “I know what my case is worth, because I have been told that …” .  Stop right there, my friend.   Unless the persons proffering these opinions have reviewed your medical records, non-medical evidence and have previously been adjudicators or counsel in […]

How Much Time Do You Actually Miss From Work?

I am positively aghast every time that a prospective client tells me that they only miss few hours a month from their assigned duties, because in most cases they are only counting the time during which they actually have medical appointments.  This reflects a very basic misunderstanding among service members and their chain of command […]

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. […]

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