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Marijuana, Drug Testing and VA​​

For the first time, U.S. panel recommends screening adults for illicit drug use
“We have a pretty high prevalence of adults using illicit drugs and we’re seeing harms every day from that. This is a big change that we’re really excited about. Effective treatment is where we will finally begin to move the needle on the epidemic.”

Substance use, substance abuse, smoking marijuana in a legal state...the rumors and the controversy rage on.

Here are the facts.

VA could care less that you burn rope whether it's legal in your region or not. There is no penalty for using marijuana, you will not lose any disability benefits for abusing any substance. If you test positive during a not-so-random drug screen, your provider may tell you that there won't be any more pain meds prescribed but other than that, there is no penalty. If you test positive for opiates or cola or speed or whatever, you'll get a referral to a rehab program...maybe. That's it, nothing more. Your rights are not being violated by drug screening you. Get over it. Drug abuse, particularly opioids, is a huge health problem in our country and VA is treating that like a health problem...not a criminal issue...and that's a good thing!

I support drug screens of all adults at every encounter. It entertains me when my lab result for marijuana says HIGH.

No, you do not have to submit to

a drug test at VA. 

You can tell your provider you do

not want to be screened for drug use...

but that raises the question...why? What are you afraid of?

​​​​C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

This is your C & P examiners guide.

The language used in this guide is very much in effect at your VA. When you have a nexus letter, it should conform

to the phrases you'll find here. For example, your doctor should write "More likely than not" when talking of service connection.

That phrase wins claims, anything less may not.

See Page 14  Section 1.16  How do I give an opinion for nexus (relationship to a military incident?

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The professionally written   Nexus Letter   is often the single most valuable tool we have at our disposal to win claims. If you doubt any of that please go to the  Board of Veterans Appeals and use their search  to look for cases with Nexus Letters or IMOs. You'll find, "...the Board finds the September 2019 Independent Medical Evaluation Report to be probative even though the Veteran’s service treatment records are silent...". I've referred vets to a small handful of reliable doctors for years. I've received hundreds of positive messages that tell me that the IMO/Nexus Letter works for you as well as it did for me. If you're caught up in an appeal and you aren't sure what else you need or if you want to file a new claim and prevail without a lot of fuss...talk with these doctors and make a plan to win.

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(​This looks simple enough. There are only 4 different links you have to click-through to get to ever more complex instructions.

I'll try to use this today. I have no hopes I'll be able to get any appointments. /s/ Jim)

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In a November 2011 nexus statement, the Veteran's neurologist opined that that the Veteran's progressive supranuclear

palsy is most likely caused by or a result of his exposure to Agent Orange. The neurologist explained that PSP is a

movement disorder very similar to Parkinson's disease. The neurologist further explained that PSP affects the same areas

as Parkinson's disease and is possibly causally related to chemical exposure such as Agent Orange. 
The Board finds that the evidence is at least in equipoise regarding service connection for progressive

supranuclear palsy and will resolve reasonable doubt in favor of the Veteran.

TDIU

VA unemployment benefit would be protected under this plan

​​A new House proposal would make the Department of Veterans Affairs Individual Unemployability program

permanent even for elderly veterans, following attempts in recent years to pare back the benefit. President Donald

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Date: 2019-07-01

Original Date: 2019-07-01

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL 

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​“Whenever a Veteran or VA employee sets foot in a VA facility, they deserve to know that we have done everything

in our power to protect them from COVID-19,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said in a statement Monday.

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Hey Jim:  This Court of Appeals decision is a bit of a smack-down for VA’s implementation of the Appeals Management Act. VA will need to relook what they are doing under AMA - although this case only speaks to three specific regulations, a broader relook of their overall implementation of AMA would probably be prudent. /s/ Drew

Decided: July 30, 2021

​Congress enacted the AMA in 2017 to reform the exist-ing VA administrative appeals system, which was,

by all accounts, “broken,” marked by lengthy delays, and plagued with a formidable backlog of cases. 

More problematic, however, was the “continuous evidence gathering and readjudication

of the same matters”that caused appeals to “churn” in the system.

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