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Alex this is the best news I've read today. I'm glad that I found your site, bought the hard copy and e-version of your book and joined Hadit. You've inspired me to fight the best fight to win. Go get that license and may God bless you with good health....Sir, you'll never have any client shortages for the remainder of your lifetime.


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I see some of you who answered are ones I have helped. Keep your pieholes zipped so I don't get poleaxed in the preliminaries. I prefer to think of my self as a 'facilitator' who connects you with knowledge heretofore known but not widely disseminated by VA. SMC and VR&E ILP are just two facets of it. They are, however my strongest interests as they are the most heavily abused/ignored. 

With the recent purchase of a real, operational jetgun, I hope to bust open the Hepatitis C wall of denial. Whipping that puppy out for a Decision Review Officer or a Veterans Law Judge is bound to open some eyes as to the inherent unsanitariness of the device. It's worse than any of you could even imagine in your wildest dreams. Some of you will wonder how you managed not to get infected.


Fellow friend and Vet Ben Krause is busy up in Minneapolis raising hell over doctors who aren't doctors denying TBI Vets of all eras. Ron Nesler spent his comp. dollars on this beauty yesterday. At 4:45 or so you can hear him say "Ben's gonna love this."

Check this out. You're gonna love it. We got three jetguns on ebay. Probably the last in existence:




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Much respect for you Sir. I think you will do incredible things for Veterans in that arena.

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The information I have available suggests that attorneys MAY charge Veterans up to 33%, but that number, and any other number, has to be approved by the court.  And, Attorney fees above 20% are frowned on by the court.  The attorney would have to document his hours, and those hours would be at the prevailing rates that CAVC allows for attornies in various cities.  (More expensive places to live generally results in higher attorney fees). 

Further, attorney's are prohibited from "double dipping"...collecting 33% from the Vet AND collecting EAJA fees in addition to this.  The Veteran and attorney negotiate the attorney fees up to the 33 percent maximum.  Most are at 20%...or less.  Both attorney's who offered representation to me did so on EAJA fees only...at no cost to me.  

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    • Enough has been said on this topic. This forum is not the proper forum for an attorney and former client to hash out their problems. Please take this offline
    • Peggy toll free 1000 last week, told me that, my claim or case BVA Granted is at the RO waiting on someone to sign off ,She said your in step 5 going into step 6 . That's good, right.?
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    • I took a look at your documents and am trying to interpret what happened. A summary of what happened would have helped, but I hope I am interpreting your intentions correctly:

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