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Willful Misconduct - Drug Addiction -- 1973

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Does anyone know if these rules existed in 1973 ? http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-...108&idno=38 § 3.301 Line of duty and misconduct.(3) Drug usage. The isolated and infrequent use of drugs by itself will not be considered willful misconduct; however, the progressive and frequent use of drugs to the point of addiction will be considered willful misconduct. Where drugs are used to enjoy or experience their effects and the effects result proximately and immediately in disability or death, such disability or death will be considered the result of the person's willful misconduct. Organic diseases and disabilities which are a secondary result of the chronic use of drugs and infections coinciding with the injection of drugs will not be considered of willful misconduct origin. (See paragraph (d) of this section regarding service connection where disability or death is a result of abuse of drugs.) Where drugs are used for therapeutic purposes or where use of drugs or addiction thereto, results from a service-connected disability, it will not be considered of misconduct origin.(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 105, 1110, 1121, 1131, 1301, and 1521(a))


(n) Willful misconduct means an act involving conscious wrongdoing or known prohibited action. A service department finding that injury, disease or death was not due to misconduct will be binding on the Department of Veterans Affairs unless it is patently inconsistent with the facts and the requirements of laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(1) It involves deliberate or intentional wrongdoing with knowledge of or wanton and reckless disregard of its probable consequences.

(2) Mere technical violation of police regulations or ordinances will not per se constitute willful misconduct.

(3) Willful misconduct will not be determinative unless it is the proximate cause of injury, disease or death. (See §§3.301, 3.302.)



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Many become addicts to relieve symptoms of Depression and other Mood Disorders. I guess if you are sober now that shoots that VA cop out in the buttocks.

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38 USC Sec. 105



(Pub. L. 85–857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1110; Pub. L. 99–576, title VII, § 701(4), Oct. 28, 1986, 100 Stat. 3290; Pub. L. 100–689, title I, § 109, Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4170; Pub. L. 101–508, title VIII, § 8052(a)(1), Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1388–351; Pub. L. 102–83, § 4(a)(1), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 403.)


1991—Subsec. ©. Pub. L. 102–83 substituted “administered by the Secretary” for “administered by the Veterans’ Administration”.

1990—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 101–508 substituted “a result of the person’s own willful misconduct or abuse of alcohol or drugs” for “the result of the person’s own willful misconduct”.

1988—Subsec. ©. Pub. L. 100–689 added subsec. ©.

1986—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 99–576, § 701(4)(A), substituted “result of the person’s” for “result of his” and “requiring the person” for “requiring him”.

Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 99–576, § 701(4)(B), substituted “service or by absenting himself or herself” for “service, or by absenting himself”.

Effective Date of 1990 Amendment

Section 8052(b) of Pub. L. 101–508 provided that: “The amendments made by subsection (a) [amending this section and sections 310 and 331 [now 1110 and 1131] of this title] shall take effect with respect to claims filed after October 31, 1990.”

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