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Veterans' Law Updates

2015 Veterans Case Law Holdings

Case Law: 

  • Swain v. McDonald
  • Leavey v. McDonald
  • Moffitt v. McDonald
  • Wages v. McDonald
  • Fountain v. McDonald
  • Pederson v. McDonald
  • Dixon v. McDonald
  • Wingard v. McDonald
  • Rickett v. McDonald
  • Palomer v. McDonald
  • Reliford v. McDonald
  • Prokarym v. McDonald
  • Toomer v. McDonald
  • Gray v. McDonald
  • Haynes v. McDonald
  • Westfall v. McDonald
  • Froio v. McDonald
  • Wingard v. McDonald
  • Scott v. McDonald
  • Delisle v. McDonald
  • Smith v. McDonald
  • Copeland v. McDonald
  • Carter v. McDonald
  • Dent v. McDonald
  • Herbert v. McDonald
  • Aldridge v. McDonald
  • Gagne v. McDonald
  • Ollis v. McDonald
  • Petitti v. McDonald
  • Mulder v. McDonald
  • Mitchell v. McDonald
  • Gomez v. McDonald
  • Kuppamala v. McDonald

December 2015

  • Kuppamala v. McDonald

November 2015

  • Mulder v. McDonald
  • Mitchell v. McDonald
  • Gomez v. McDonald

October 2015

  • Gagne v. McDonald
  • Ollis v. McDonald
  • Petitti v. McDonald

August 2015

  • Aldridge v. McDonald
  • Jackson v. McDonald

July 2015

  • Herbert v. McDonald
  • Dent v. McDonald
  • Carter v. McDonald

June 2015

  • Smith v. McDonald
  • Delisle v. McDonald
  • Scott v. McDonald

May 2015

  • Wingard v. McDonald
  • Froio v. McDonald

April 2015

  • Prokarym v. McDonald
  • Toomer v. McDonald
  • Gray v. McDonald
  • Haynes v. McDonald
  • Westfall v. McDonald

March 2015

  • Wingard v. McDonald
  • Rickett v. McDonald
  • Palomer v. McDonald
  • Reliford v. McDonald

February 2015

  • Fountain v. McDonald
  • Pederson v. McDonald
  • Dixon v. McDonald

January 2015

  • Swain v. McDonald
  • Leavey v. McDonald
  • Moffitt v. McDonald
  • Wages v. McDonald

2014 Veterans Case Law Holdings

Case Law: 

  • Todd v. McDonald
  • Young v. McDonald
  • Joyner v. McDonald
  • Beraud v. McDonald
  • Carroll v. McDonald
  • Roberts v. McDonald 
  • Suguitan v. McDonald 
  • Nohr v. McDonald 

September 2014

  • Mulder v. Gibson
  • Pacheco v. Gibson
  • Robertson v. Gibson
  • Cacciola v. Gibson
  • Rusick v. Gibson
  • Martin v. McDonald
  • Boyd v. McDonald
  • Johnson v. McDonald
  • Tagupa v. McDonald
  • Checo v. McDonald

July 2014

  • Stowers v. Shinseki
  • Carter v. Shinseki
  • Spicer v. Shinseki
  • Wilson v. Gibson
  • Golden v. Gibson
  • Hudgens v. Gibson

May 2014

  • Jackson v. Shinseki
  • Larson v. Shinseki
  • Cardona v. Shinseki
  • Morris v. Shinseki
  • King (Clarence) v. Shinseki
  • Murphy v. Shinseki
  • Wise v. Shinseki
  • Bowers v. Shinseki
  • Checo v. Shinseki
  • Gilbert v. Shinseki

March 2014

  • Pacheco v. Shinseki
  • Middleton v. Shinseki
  • Dixon v. Shinseki
  • Stallworth v. Shinseki
  • Moffitt v. Shinseki
  • Mason v. Shinseki
  • Tatum v. Shinseki
  • King v. Shinseki
  • Martin v. Shinseki

January 2014

Veterans Case Law (CAVC and CAFC) for 2013

November 2013

  • Kyhn v. Shinseki
  • Wagner v. Shinseki
  • Sprinkle v. Shinseki
  • Gill v. Shinseki
  • Geib v. Shinseki
  • Floore v. Shinseki
  • Prinkey v. Shinseki

September 2013

  • Kernea v. Shinseki
  • NOVA v. Shinseki
  • Middleton v. Shinseki
  • Wingard v. Shinseki
  • Garsow v. Shinseki
  • Cline v. Shinseki
  • Ratliff v. Shinseki
  • Schertz v. Shinseki
  • AZ v. Shinseki

July 2013

  • Kelly v. Shinseki
  • Solze v. Shinseki
  • Parks v. Shinseki
  • Kyhn v. Shinseki
  • Beraud v. Shinseki
  • Hall v. Shinseki
  • Pirkl v. Shinseki
  • Yonek v. Shinseki
  • Romanowsky v. Shinseki
  • Burden v. Shinseki
  • Massie v. Shinseki

VA policy news:

  • TDIU Claims

May 2013

  • Beasley v. Shinseki (VA’s duty to obtain medical opinion)
  • Robertson v. Shinseki (clemency discharge and entitlement to VA benefits)
  • Vazquez-Claudio v. Shinseki (criteria for establishing service connection for mental condition)
  • Trafter v. Shinseki (evidence required to obtain medical opinion in 1151 claims)

VA policy news:

  • Evidence required to establish stepchild as a dependent
  • Revised application for disability benefits (VA Form 21-526EZ)
  • Gulf War Task Force Report open for notice and comment

March 2013

  • Case Law
  • VA Policy News

January 2013

  • Case Law
  • Regulatory News
  • VA Policy News

November 2012

  • Board hearing officer must explain issues and suggest evidence
  • Applying the presumption of soundness
  • VA cannot deny higher disability rating based on effect of medication
  • VA fiduciaries and accrued benefits
  • Substitution effective date does not violate Equal Protection

September 2012

  • Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012
  • VA no longer covers costs for PTSD service dogs
  • CAVC holds that 38 C.F.R. § 3.156(c)(2) cannot be applied retroactively 
  • Federal Circuit holds that appellants can only bring one CUE motion for any one disability claim

July 2012

  • Presumption afforded combat veterans
  • Presumption of soundness
  • Remarried widow/widower’s eligibility for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
  • Different standards for establishing service connection for PTSD

May 2012

  • New rule for veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Final rule regarding Board and Regional Office hearings
  • DVA and DOL launch the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
  • House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the role of the VSO claims rep
  • Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on VA mental health care

March 2012

  • American Bar Association Home Front provides legal resources to military families
  • List of Legal Aid and pro bono programs
  • Disability Examination Worksheets
  • Court may reconsider cases dismissed between July 2008 and December 2011
  • VA rules for agency and Board hearing officers
  • A request to reopen can be filed without submitting new and material evidence at the time of filing

January 2012

  • New Disability Benefits Questionnaires
  • Regulation regarding verification of PTSD stressors upheld
  • 47 ships added to list of ships exposed to Agent Orange
  • Accrued benefits claim can be reopened with new and material evidence
  • Extension of time for “chronic multi-system illness” for Persian Gulf War veterans