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  1. johnbgately

    Interesting New Updates from the Board of Veterans Appeals

    For any disabled veterans and their advocates, here are some interesting and useful updates from the Board of Veterans Appeals. Feel free to share with anyone who might benefit from this info. Here is the link:
  2. johnbgately

    VA Updates Musculoskeletal Rating Criteria

    On February 7, 2021, the VA updated the musculoskeletal rating criteria for the first time in years. To see how these changes may impact your pending IDES case, please click on the attached link to the applicable section of the updated electronic CFR : Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR)
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    Amazing Army Discharge Review Board Class Action Settlement

    As part of a class action settlement on December 28, 2020, the Army will begin an automatic review of Discharge Review Board decisions from April 17, 2011, to the date of the settlement that denied relief to thousands of veterans affected by military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress...
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    SFC Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act

    On January 1, 2020, the SFC Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act of 2019 became law. This law effectively overturns the Feres Doctrine and allows you as a service member to sue the federal government for any harm that you may have suffered due to medical malpractice at a military...
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    Confirming Seizure D/O by Video EEG

    I have recently dealt with a seizure disorder case in which the individual had been mistakenly labeled with a conversion disorder by a neurologist based upon his subjective observations and without objective confirmation by a video EEG. I am posting this comment as I am now aware of several...
  6. johnbgately

    Important PDBR Info

    Dear Friends, The other day, Jason Perry and I were discussing an interesting development that I have observed over the past month in my practice. Several reservists who had been in the Navy PEB process during the PDBR eligibility period approached me about filing with the Board of Corrections...
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    Effective 2/14/19- VA Discontinues Use of VA Form 21-526B

    Important VA Form Update- apparently, all supplemental claims will not w be field using the VA Form 21-526EZ and any claims filed using the 21-526b will be returned to the veteran. As of February 14, 2019,*, both VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension, and VA...