I was researching the BVA fior anything that could help a vet here who has an unusual pension to SC situation and I found this!
"Decision date 08/31/01
"ORDER An effective date of July 9, 1979, for a grant of service connection for schizophrenia is granted."
That sure was a nice chunk of change!!!!!!!! His lawyer was Daniel G. Krasnegor.
One point of the award pisses me off-Fact # 2 below- it shows the VA can take advantage of a veteran’s disability.
This vet had schizophrenia- and some of the smartest people I have known over the years have schizophrenia .
Finding of Fact # 2
"2. Service connection for a psychiatric disorder, including schizophrenia, was denied by the RO in January 1980 and January 1988; although the veteran was informed of these determinations, there is no evidence that he was advised of his appellate rights. "
Yeah, how many other MH vets were never advised of their rights……and in those days- no interent – where would they even find out what their rights were.