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It was a cold and snowy morning on Jan. 8 at the old fire station on Second and Maloney, and the veterans of the A-Team assembled slowly, rubbing their hands together for warmth and leaving their jackets zipped all the way to the neck until the heat eventually seeped through their systems.

This was a very informal meeting...

Presumptions established pursuant to the Agent Orange Act of 1991

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In 1991, Congress enacted the Agent Orange Act of 1991, which prescribed a more focused and proactive policy for addressing these Veterans’ concerns.  The Act directed VA to seek to contract with the National Academy of Sciences, a respected independent expert scientific body, to evaluate the evidence regarding the health effects of exposure to herbicides.

Under that requirement, VA receives reports every two years from the National Academy’s Institute of Medicine (IOM).  The act further directed VA to establish presumptions of service connection for any disease discussed in the IOM’s reports for which the evidence showed a “positive association” between...

Schaller's Politically Incorrect Lexicon: A Navigation Guide To The PC Cultures of Mckinley County NM (and planet earth )

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Continued from last week

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: WATCHDOGIE ROUND-UP Part One – Diverse Strays

PATRIOTISM: Maintaining the values and principles of America’s Founding Father Patriots who stood up to the tyranny of an oppressive government. Those principles emphasized limited government, individual freedoms, personal responsibility, free market capitalism and their revolutionary extremist conviction that all men are created equal.

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM: ‘While most nations evolved from tribal clans and royalty the US was born, and born of ideas: that all men are created equal, that they have been given by God certain rights that can be taken from them by no man, and that those rights...

Guide to the stars WEEK OF Jan. 8 – Jan. 14

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A New Moon phase enters Capricorn this month and Mercury is in retrograde. Madame G suggests staying away from the computer and possibly all electronics. Take a lesson from the goal-oriented sign and head outside. You can enjoy winter’s crisp, clear, wind while you’re at it.

 

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Aries you’re at it again. What will break first, your head, or the wall your banging it against? Give yourself a break. Like the tenacious and strong-willed goat, the ram runs straight into danger and challenges without thought. They walk straight down 90-degree inclines and balance on the edge. Face your challenges head on. You’re built for action.

Taurus (April 20-May...

VA Poor Follow-Up Care and Incomplete Assessment of Disability Leads to Suicide

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I have been telling Albuquerque VA Regional Office that suicide rates are partially due to inaccurate compensation claims raters not reviewing all medical conditions that are available to them via electron Health records.

Albuquerque VARO continues to ask Veterans over and over for their medical records when they have them available at the touch of a hand. I further believe this is used as a stall technique. Veterans unable to work and support themselves or and a family finally give up and feel his or her family would be better off without carrying the load of caring for the Veteran

Office of Inspector General, recently conducted an inspection to evaluate the circumstances surrounding...

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