Veterans Appeals

Once the board receives your appeal, it assigns a docket date based on the date VA received your Form 9. This date is important: under the law, the board must work appeals in docket order.

Board of Appeals

Appeals at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals

Once the board receives your appeal, it assigns a docket date based on the date VA received your Form 9. This date is important: under the law, the board must work appeals in docket order. Currently, the median, or middle, docket date of appeals the board is working is July 2014. Some newer appeals can be pushed to the front of the line: those from older Veterans and survivors, those who are terminally-ill or those who have documented financial hardship, etc. It’s important to know that if the board remands (returns) your appeal to the regional office to gather more evidence, you won’t lose your place on the board’s docket.

Just like in the regional offices, several Veterans service organizations are located at the board. If you choose not to have a hearing before the board, your representative will write a legal argument on your behalf. The board will consider that argument when it conducts its own de novo review of your claim. If you choose to have a hearing, your representative will help you explain your case at that hearing. VA will transcribe the hearing and put it in your file. The board can do one of three things: grant your appeal, deny your appeal or send (remand) it back to the regional office for more action.

If you disagree with the board’s decision, you may pursue an appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). If the CAVC denies your appeal, you can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. If you lose the appeal there, you can petition the U.S. Supreme Court for review. The Supreme Court grants review in very few appeals. Generally, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court review only legal matters in an appeal, not agency decisions.

Author- Catherine Trombley

Employment Scam

If you receive an email simliar to the one below, it is a scam. The senders are stating they are from United Healthcare, Kaiser or any number of large companies.

If you receive an email simliar to the one below, it is a scam.  The senders are stating they are from United Healthcare, Kaiser or any number of large companies. They state they are with allstarjobs employment site, website pictured below.



Sample e-mail:

From: Alice Micheals []
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2016 12:10 PM
To:  Your email address but it may not be quite right.


Dear Applicant,Congratulations, Our recruiting team has reviewed your resume ( for the FRONT OFFICE/ADMINISTRATIVE position that you are yet to occupy and we believe you would be capable of handling this position. Your detail has been forwarded to the Human Resources Department and the Head of Operations, Mrs. Alice Micheals  would be conducting an interview with you to discuss the job detail, pay scale, benefit and briefing about the opening in our company. This is an immediate hire position therefore the interview is scheduled on the 18th Febuary  2016. Interview Time is flexible between 8:00 am – 7pm EDT. Set up a Screen name with Gmail Hangout Instant Messenger online at and add up the Head Of Operations screen name: to your buddy list, she will be waiting to talk to you on Gmail Hangout. Endeavor to get online. I wish you the best of Luck with the Interview. If you have any questions, Please feel free to email Mrs Alice Micheals for more details.
Human Resource Department For

How do I know it’s a scam – I have worked for United Health Group and this is NOT how they inform you of an interview!!

United Health Care –

Kaiser –




The Ball Point Pen


Ballpoint-Pen-Guide-845x321The first patent for ballpoint pens was issued on October 30, 1888, to a man named John Loud. Using a very small steel ball, held together by a socket, he tried, unsuccessfully, to create such a writing device. Unfortunately, his efforts failed miserably and without being able to foresee a commercial use for his invention, he let the patent lapse.  Later in the 1900s another attempt was made, the idea caught on and everyone was filing a patent.  Alas the attempts were futile, inventors were unable to keep the ink flowing or soaking through the paper.  In fact, it wasn’t until a Hungarian newspaper editor László Bíró became so frustrated with his fountain pen, that ballpoints took a successful turn. Bíró noticed that the ink used in his newspaper dried quickly which left the paper smudge free unlike the ink in his fountain pens. He decided that he would try to make a pen that used the same type of ink that they used in the printing of the newspaper. With the help of his brother, a chemist, he developed a viscous ink that he placed in a ballpoint pen.  László, who is most often credited with the invention, was a journalist who theorized that by using newspaper ink in pens he could eliminate the characteristic smudging of fountain pens. Starting in the 1930s, he began experimenting with using the ink in fountain pens, but found that it was too thick to flow readily. His chemist brother, György, helped him perfect the ball-and-socket technology, and in 1938, László Bíró signed a deal with his early backer and business partner, Andor Goy, to produce and sell the pens in Hungary.  But tensions were rising as World War II loomed on the horizon, and rather than stay in his home country and profit off an invention that would soon be omnipresent, Bíró was forced to flee with his family, even selling off his shares of the fledgling company to fund their travel.  After failing to find refuge around Europe, Bíró landed in Argentina, where he finally filed for a patent on his ballpoint pen. The patent was awarded on June 10, 1943, the anniversary of which is celebrated as National Ballpoint Pen Day—but the story didn’t end there.  It was this radical idea that successfully paired a well-suited ink to a ballpoint mechanism that not only prevented the ink from drying inside the ink reservoir, but also allowed an evenly controlled ink flow onto the paper. Bíró filed his patent in 1938 and history was made*.

I remember being directed to read the Diary of Ann Frank in Junior High School.  The book was a diary of the life and times of a little Jewish girl who had to go into hiding during World War Two to avoid the Nazis. Together with seven others, she hides in secret in Amsterdam. After 2 years in hiding, she and the other were discovered and sent to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, is the only one of the eight people to survive. After her death in 1954 she becomes world famous because of the diary she wrote while in hiding.   On August 4, 1944 the people in hiding along with some helpers were arrested.  The two helpers are sent to the Amersfoort camp. Johannes Kleiman is released shortly after his arrest and six months later Victor Kugler escapes. Immediately after the arrest Miep Gies and Bep Voskuijl rescue Anne’s diary and papers that were left behind in the secret annex. Despite intensive investigations it has never been clear how the hiding place was discovered.  Anne wrote in her diary that she wanted to be a writer or a journalist and that she wanted her diary published as a novel.

Robert Faurisson, a French literature Professor at the University of Lyon in central France, and an eminent “Holocaust” historian, proves that almost all of the “diary” was written by Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank.  Documentation to support this truth includes the fact, among many others, that the manuscript was written with a ballpoint pen, the invention of which occurred after the war.  Ann Frank died of typhus in March, 1945, before the end of World War II.


Is it possible that the Diary of Ann Frank was a Hoax?




Valentines Day


valentine-s-day-card-chocolate-horiz  Let’s Have Some Fun!!

A quick quiz: St. Valentine was:

a)  A priest in the Roman Empire who helped persecuted Christians during the reign of Claudius II, was thrown in jail and later beheaded on Feb. 14?

b)  A Catholic bishop of Terni who was beheaded, also during the reign of Claudius II

c)  Someone who secretly married couples when marriage was forbidden, or suffered in Africa, or wrote letters to his jailer’s daughter, and was probably beheaded?

d)  All, some, or possibly none of the above?


The “Many” Origins of St. Valentine’s Day


  1. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.


  1. While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.


  1. Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.



Did You Know?


Another origin of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody.  Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, by actually hitting them.

Every wonder why this day is spelled, “Valentine’s” Day – as if it belonged to someone…

Every year just before February 14th, men and boys go out and purchase cards, chocolate, handbags, and perfume, while the women and girls go and purchase male cologne, watches, and cards for their husbands, wives, or significant other.  The flavor of the color red and love reverberates through the mall, the theater, and restaurants.  Mother’s get the proverbial Valentine Day Card and Red Roses while dad’s get a card and a tie.


engagement-rings-in-box-3  A young woman waits patiently for a box, or at least, hoping her dreams will come true on this day – with a box from “Jared”.  Then there is the other young lady that is most assuredly in love with her beau, yes he called her that morning, to tell her how much he loves her and is looking forward to spending time with her.  On the other hand, there is that loving couple that rented a lover’s suite the night before had breakfast in bed and at checkout time, they part ways.  You know whom I am referring to, the other woman, the chick on the side, the number two, second only to number one and the other four.  She paces the floor, she calls her other girlfriends who are busy with their arrangements or they are not answering the phone because they are on a date; she has checked her phone 23 times in hopes that the volume has been turned off to “mute” or not working on both the phone ringer and the text messaging features.  She sits at her computer checking her Facebook Messenger to see if there is a message she missed, praying it will read something like this; “Hey bae, I dropped my phone in the water while shaving, but I’m on my way.”  She desperately wants to exhale by reading a message that validates her belief that he really cares.

No message, no text, no missed voice mail, no Facebook ringtone, its 10:00 pm and there’s no him either.  Finally, Monday at 6:00 pm he has the most insane ridiculous reason for not participating in the festivities of “Love-for-a-Day”, he says – Girl you know I love you every day, why is this day any different?

Just a Thought….

If you loved “YOU” a little more, “YOU” would not be waiting for someone else’s man to call “YOU” on time, or pretending “YOU” did not know he had a “real” girlfriend and you are the one on the side.  Perhaps if you understood why a little, red, shabby, broken, cross will mean so much more to you than all the bling-bling you might find at your doorstep on February 15th.









A month-old baby found in the bush with her lips sealed with superglue…

Month Old Baby

I saw this post (while procrastinating about writing on my book) my heart was crushed as tears formed at the thought of who would do such a thing and why, rushed in.   While we enjoyed the fruits of the eighties and now that the trees are bare and the consequences of our neglect of family, friends and the Savior are coming into fruition, it has caused us as a people to argue over the root cause of these disastrous times.

We argue over why the police kill, religion and the source of religion, religion vs. spirituality, how to eat healthier at McDonald’s, did the government kill Martin Luther King, did God allow Hitler to kill the Jews because of their beliefs regarding God, to tithe or not to tithe.  Some of us have still not come to the place where we can totally accept and follow the One who knows all, sees, all and hears all.  Interrupted by the constant ringtone of yet another post on Facebook, or the Twitter tweets and other social media platforms; we have begun an endless cycle of refusal to heed the calling of a much higher Authority than social media.  While we argue about this and that, there is one who is reaping the fruits of our inability to “learn his ways” and the fruits of his labor are working in overtime mode.

There is a place where only true peace resides; where the killing of young black men and women, the rage of the lions in Washington, DC, the need to draw a line in the sand of religious differences has no relevance.  A place where one can make sense of tragedy or at least come to terms with it, a place where self-reliance has no value.  There is a place here on earth, that when tapped into will answer all questions, straighten every crooked line, lower what seems like an immovable mountain, and raise the valleys for easier passing.  I know, I know, it sounds like something you heard in a church or a line in a sermon or even in a Book you may have read, but the reality is, it’s true.

I don’t know who glued the baby’s lips shut or why, but I know the source from which it came and I know a Greater source that take care of it, there are always consequences…

Psalm 37:1-40

Of David. Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. …




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