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Episode 009: "To the Best of my Knowledge" - The case against attorney use of VA Form 21-4138.

In a recent court appeal, the VA was relying on the unsigned and unsworn statement of a random government bureaucrat. This bureaucrat was “testifying” to the lack of existence of any evidence that my client was exposed to the herbicide ag… Read More
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Episode 007: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (Challenging VA Medical Examiner's Competence)

In today’s episode of the VA Form 21 Podcast, I am going to teach you how to become a better advocate by challenging the VA Medical Examiner’s competence – or at least rebutting the presumption of competence in your client’s B… Read More
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Case Review: 17-0304, Burgess v. Shulkin (Federal appellate court commands professional work product)

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? Very generally stated, the VA has a duty to notify the veteran of the elements of his claim for service connection and the evidence that might prove those elements. 38 USC 5103(a). The VA repeatedly denied service… Read More
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16-2259: Chavez v. Shulkin

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? A veteran has a burden to present and support a claim for benefits with facts, and not pure speculation or remote possibility. Fagan v. Shinseki, 573 F.3d 1282 (Fed. Cir. 2009) . A VA C&P Exam report must rest… Read More
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VA RAMP (Appeals Reform) Creates 3 New "Appeal" Options. (Part 2 of 5)

This post is Part II of a 5-part series on the VA RAMP (Appeals Reform) system.  Here are the topics for each of the 5 parts of the series – as they are published, links will appear to direct you to each part:  Part I (Click here to Read Part… Read More
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Case Review: 16-2407, Samantha Unell (Proving Nehmer Effective Date)

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? The effective date of a veteran’s claim for a “covered herbicide disease” depends on whether (1) VA denied the claim for the covered herbicide disease between September 25, 1985, and May 3, 1989,… Read More
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An Introduction to VA RAMP (VA Appeals Reform)

This is the first in a series of posts about the VA RAMP Appeals Reform Program, which will be implemented beginning in 2018. THIS IS CRITICAL TO NOTE: Technically, VA RAMP refers to the VA pilot program to implement the Veterans Appeals Improvement… Read More
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VA Form 21 Blog: VA Advocacy Skills

You have certainly heard the story of Noah and the ark? He saved the world and all the animals from a devastating flood.Let me tell you why Noah was able to do what he did. Noah had a vision or, perhaps, an insider tip that flood was on the way. He k… Read More
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Your Complete Guide to the CAVC: the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

CAVC Court Background.  The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) was created on November 18, 1988, by Public Law 100-687. The CAVC is not a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs — the CAVC is a federal court and part… Read More
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Recent Cases

(April 18, 2018) The law firm of Hill and Ponton approached Attig | Steel after the BVA judge denied their veteran a higher 70 percent PTSD rating. They had put a lot of work and energy into helping a veteran, and the BVA decision seemed to gloss ove… Read More
(April 6, 2018) The veteran in this case served in the Navy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, including deployment to Kuwait. Upon his return stateside, after attempts to reintegrate to civilian life, he began to have family and other problems.… Read More
(February 14, 2018) Attorney Chris Attig has been working with this veteran’s survivor for half a decade to get her DIC and survivor’s accrued benefits properly awarded.  The veteran was a 3 decade military veteran, who fought not only i… Read More

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VA Form 21 Blog

Nov
26
Today’s video starts off with an overview of a recent precedential decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in the case of Moody v. Wilkie, Cause No. 16-1707. Click here to read the CAVC’s panel decision in Moody v. Wi… Read More
Nov
15
What is the Deep Issue in the Case? 38 U.S.C. §7107(b) (2012) requires “[t]he Board shall decide any appeal only after affording the appellant an opportunity for a hearing.”  On remand from the Veterans Court, the veteran asked for a new BVA he… Read More

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