April 18, 2014

Doolittle Raiders - April 18, 1942

From one of our good friends and supporters, Ross Levin, owner of Aviation Art Hanger I post this wonderful remembrance and tribute:


Commemorating the 72nd Anniversary
of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo

Seventy-two years ago today, on 18 April 1942, 80 crew members in 16 B-25 aircraft flying off of the USS Hornet demonstrated to Japan that it was vulnerable to American air attack. Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle's remarkable and daring raid provided a vital morale boost and opportunity for U.S. retaliation after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

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There you'll find outstanding artwork from numerous artists depicting this famous raid!


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February 20, 2014

Our Past Defines Our Future

At the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C., www.attorneyforveterans.com, we have been going through a transition. Changes are sometimes very good, and in this case our changes are very good.
The biggest change has been the addition of the newest member of our staff. That member is me! My name is Hans Goss, and I am a U.S. Army veteran. I was in the U.S. Army for four and a half years, and served as an Airborne Infantryman in the 82nd Airborne. My deployments were to Haiti and Iraq. I am very proud of my service to our country, and like everyone at the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. http://www.attorneyforveterans.com/lawyer-attorney-1303353.html, I am a veteran or a dependent of a veteran. I am currently working towards becoming a lawyer. As it stands I am a proud member of this law firm dedicated to helping all veterans in every way I can. I will also be leading the Firms blogs from the position of a new veteran, with the goal of providing insight into the VA system that is not only helpful, but easy to navigate.

Today’s blog will begin with the story of how the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C., www.attorneyforveterans.com, came to be and how we will proceed in the future.

It all started with a dream. Robert B. Goss, http://www.attorneyforveterans.com/lawyer-attorney-1303379.html, knew from the time he was born his dream was to fly. He never really felt like walking on the ground with his 'legs' suited him. Being raised in Houston, TX he would ride his bicycle miles weekly after school or on the weekend for years to Hull Airport (now Sugarland Airport) in Sugar Land, TX to watch the planes soar around the pattern performing countless touch-n-gos. If he was lucky a pilot would let him look inside the airplane. He would sit, and stare in amazement knowing one day he would be the high flying ace of the sky he so admired. Unlike most childhood dreams he didn't lose sight of his goal of being a pilot. At the age of 16, he soloed his first plane. This event also was the beginning of an adventure that defines the rest of his life. Getting his pilot license was simply step one. Now he set out on a path to become a true pilot, and that meant making it a profession. After years of hard work he graduated from Texas A&M with his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering, even against all pleadings of his father who wanted him to go to medical school. With his Masters of Science degree he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to be a pilot.
Although FAR qualified at Undergraduate Pilot Training, his flight Commander inspired him to choose the B-52, as the B-1 was slated to join the Air Force. He spent most of his career flying B-52s, and running missions all over the world. Through his career he had four children, and traveled to countries he never dreamed he would visit. It was all a grand adventure, and yet the happiness didn't last forever. Almost entirely over night his life seemed to have spun out of control due to a service injury. In less than 2 weeks his vision was lost, due to lasers he had encountered in his travels. These injuries led to eventually blindness for multiple periods of time.
The vision disabilities along with many other disabilities career pilots suffer were present when Bob retired after almost 21 years of service. As the VA Vocational and Rehabilitation Counselor noted, “he could not find an airline who would hire a blind pilot.”
At retirement many variables existed, and many obstacles had to be overcome. Bob took inspiration from David Byrne of Montgomery, AL, who was Bob’s attorney, and Dr. Michael Lambert, who prior to becoming a world renowned Vitreous Retina Surgeon had also been a pilot who was grounded. Bob saw he could continue serving his fellow veterans and service members by assisting them get their VA benefits.
Not willing to sit on his retirement and serve out his days at a VA home, he promptly learned of the VA’s pattern of denial and impeding VA claims after retirement. He had been blinded in service, and the doctors stated the claim seemed pretty straight forward. Along with other common issues pilots had such as back problems due to G-forces and other service injuries the grant of VA disabilities seemed pretty cut and dry.
The VA, however, loves to deny or grant the minimum. That is why after he received an initial 20% denial letter he was in shock. The VA had claimed that, somehow, his blindness was a preexisting injury. He contested that he was a pilot, and they wouldn't let a blind man fly planes in the military. After dealing with the VAs obvious disregard for himself as a valid recipient of disability a new dream started burning in his heart. He saw that someone needed to help veterans receive the benefits they had earned. So he fought back, and in the process went to law school at the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University to receive his Jurist Doctorate (J.D.) in law. Knowing he needed more he continued to the University of Houston Law Center to obtain two more degrees, Master of Laws. Many battles, and long nights later the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. opened at 5100 Westheimer Rd, in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Goss became the first full-time Lawyer certified by the VA to practice Veterans Law in Houston. His mission has always been to help veterans seek the benefits they earned from years of service. All of the members of the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. are either disabled veterans, spouses of disabled veterans, or me a veteran beginning his claims for VA benefits due to the standard injuries that paratroopers endure.

My hope is this article illustrates how much our hearts are intertwined into helping the veteran obtain the benefits they have earned, and why our passion is so strong. Now that we have been able to look at how we started we have to look at how we can evolve.
First, our core values continue to guide the Firm, “The Law Office of Robert B. Goss is committed to fighting injustice on behalf of the individual.” Our goal is to help veterans obtain the VA benefits they have earned and positively change veterans lives.
To provide veterans a location for resources for benefits and information, we have launched Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TheVeteransAttorney and Google+https://plus.google.com/u/2/b/115647691553225089389/+LawOfficeofRobertBGossPCHouston/posts pages, and of course we will be more active on this blog.
These post and resources will bring prevalent news about the VA, veteran’s benefits and changes to you. The goal is to bring attention to the issues we see with Court rulings, laws the VA proposes or implements, and legislation applicable to veterans and service members.
To assist new veterans I will document the VA benefits process. I will blog about my experiences with the VA in getting my GI bill, and also my experiences with obtaining my VA disability benefits. I hope that my personal experiences will help some people more than just the black and white of a paper telling you what to do, and how to do it. I plan to keep my experiences up to date on as much news that is effecting vets around the country. Additionally I will direct the Firm to post to our Facebook, and Google+ pages as additional resources.

In conclusion, as the only Army veteran among the sea of Air Force blue at the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. I will bring resources and help to veterans with a unique perspective of ground troops and their injuries. Though the Law Office of Robert B. Goss P.C. is a law firm our hope is we give back more than just legal help. We want to reach our brothers and sisters in arms giving them another resource to make their life as a vet easier. Thank you for your service.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Hans Goss

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December 30, 2013

To all the Veterans and Future Veterans - God Bless you.

To all who have served and their families - - Thank you for your service. We have included a video that says it all without saying a word. Hoping you enjoy this video and to those who served or have been the family or a service member you will understand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoABty_zE00

For veterans needing assistance obtaining their VA disability benefits The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. is here to help you get the benefits you have earned serving our nation. http://www.attorneyforveterans.com

God Bless you and Happy 2014, from all of us at the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. http://www.attorneyforveterans.com/lawyer-attorney-1303353.html.

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August 9, 2013

Necessary Upgrade to the B-52

The majority of clients of The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C., http://www.attorneyforveterans.com are veterans. Veterans enlisted and served to protect America, and our allies.

Veterans and service-members know freedom and liberty are NOT free. Service members who protect the nation need modern weapons to protect the country and those who assume no harm will ever come to the U,S.

The USAF has launched another moderination program for the workhorse B-52. Those who oppose it do so for their gain. The arguments I have read against this upgrade program ring selfish to me. Every opposing post I have read essentially stated this was a waste of money we could better use to support [fill in the blank for a social welfare program].

The same Congressmen and women who refuse to fully pay veteran's TRICARE, want to give free healthcare to people who won't work. And use these funding issues to fight for their social programs.

Well try fully supporting Veterans who seek their VA benefits, fully fund TRICARE for military retirees. Why are retired veterans forgotten and not treated equally as any congressional staffer, or other person here in the United States?

I wish all people in the world woke up every day with health, wealth, food, shelter, and love in their lives. Unfortunately neither people nor animals are non-violent. Protection of freedom comes with a cost. One such requirement and cost is weapon upgrades.

Here is the DoD B-52 upgrades: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2013/07/12/air-force-begins-massive-B-52-overhaul/

Thank you veterans and active duty members for doing more to give and serve than 99% of the country.

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July 29, 2013

Col. Bud Day, MOH - - May God Cradle you and comfort your family

The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. http://WWW.ATTORNEYFORVETERANS.COM wishes to express our condolenses to the family and friends of Col. George "Bud" Day.

July 28, 2013, Col. Day passed away after a long illness.

Col. Day was a true hero and a man I greatly admired. He helped friends of mine as an attorney, he fought for veterans all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court that denied a Writ of Certiorari. The case involved fighting to protect veteran's right to free health care. See http://mrgrg-ms.org/cag-rule.html.

Col. Day became an attorney after he returned from Vietnam, where he was held as a P.O.W. for 5.5 years. His torture left Col. Day unable to return to the cockpit, so he transitioned to the legal profession as a licensed attorney. A journey I too took.

I was honored to have met Colonel Day at the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College during the Gathering of Eagles week. I remember him as a nice leader, modest Colonel, who was a true hero and inspiration. The following link is to Col. Day's Official Air University Biography: http://www.au.af.mil/au/goe/eagle_bios/2008/day_2008.asp .

Praying for Col. Day and his family.

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June 6, 2013

Remember June 6, 1944, D-Day

Today is the 69th anniversary of the invasion of France to liberate Europe from the Nazis.

This week I mentioned D-Day was Thursday. One of our young secretaries stated she did not know about D-Day.

D-Day for WW II was on June 6, 1944. D-Day is the day the Allies launched the largest military operation, at the time, to free France and all of Europe from the Nazi occupation. This week the U.S. Senate lost their last World War II (WW II) veteran, Sen. Lautenberg. He served in the Army Signal Corps from 1942-46. After separating from the Army Sen. Lautenberg used the GI Bill to earn an economics degree and eventually serve New Jersey as a U.S. Senator.

Education benefits are one of the benefits veterans earn by serving their country. See http://www.attorneyforveterans.com/lawyer-attorney-1325495.html

The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, PC, http://www.attorneyforveterans.com hopes all Americans and free people stop and reflect on the sacrifices of the WW II veterans, their families, and all veterans and their families since WW I.

God Bless you all.

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March 25, 2013

Military Retiree’s are Veterans Too - - Contact Congress and OPPOSE TRICARE fee increases

For those of you who have served, you know this Fact - - Military Retirees are Veterans. But it seems with Sequestration upon the United States, the Department of Defense at the urging of the White House has a solution - - have Military Retirees pay MORE IN TRICARE FEES.

Why raise TRICARE fees because of my favorite White House word “fairness.” The whole idea pushed for Obamacare was fairness for those without health care. But the WH states Military Retiree’s Health Care costs are not fair compared to the public.

But is it fair to give free health care to those who do nothing? And then conversely argue it is fair to force Veterans who are Military Retirees (remember Military Retirees include veterans who were medically retired due to Injuries) to pay ever increasing TRICARE fees. TRICARE raised all fees in 2012. No - - The proposal to keep raising TRICARE fees on the back of veterans is not fair.

Military Retirees are veterans WHO EARNED their Health Care. The attack on veterans health care has been on-going, but now is actually making it more difficult for veterans to keep their health care. Back in 2002, Col. Bud Day, Medal of Honor Recipient, argued for WW II and Korean veterans to receive their Health Care as promised. Raising fees for Military Retirees, i.e. Veterans, will take away earned health care and property, money, from veterans.

Military Retirees - - contact your Senators and Member of the Congressional House to stop this fleecing of Veterans who are Military Retirees. Military Retirees, who again are Veterans, EARNED their HEALTH CARE “rights” by 20+ years of service or by being medically retired due to a service-connected injury, event, or disease caused while protecting the United States. All U.S. citizens need to OPPOSE the White House’s attempt AGAIN to raise your TRICARE fees.

The White House and politicians change the dialogue. Instead of hearing a succinct statement of the truth that

The White House has decided Military Retirees with 20 years of service and medically retired service members who are both veteran’s are not deserving of low cost health insurance, as those in this country illegally are more deserving.
Military Retirees are presumed to opposed Democrats and Illegal’s are presumed to support Democrats. Therefore the WH proposes to RAISE TRICARE fees while at the same time pushing Obamacare to those who have not served.

Thus, the WH's position is that Charging Veteran's More for their Earned Health Care is more fair because this provides another means to generate revenue for the United States. Private Health insurance fees are NOT EQUIVALENT to Military Retiree's fees, because military service is NOT EQUIVALENT to Public or even Political service.

The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C., http://www.attorneyforveterans.com strongly opposes any fee increase on Veteran's for their EARNED Health Care.

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March 12, 2013

Any Veteran may render a hand salute - -

- - As the the U.S. Flag passes and also during the playing of the National Anthem.

This law was passed in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008. Specifically National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 sec 595 changes 36 U.S.C. section 301(b)(1) to read:

(b) Conduct During Playing.— During a rendition of the national anthem—
(1) when the flag is displayed—
(A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
(C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
(2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

As a veteran you are allowed and earned the right to salute the flag, or render a saluate during the National Anthem. The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. http://www.attorneyforveterans.com salutes and THANKS YOU for serving out Nation.

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March 6, 2013

Military Lending Act modified providing a Private Cause of Action to Service Members and their Dependents

On January 3, 2013, Title 10. Section 987(f) of the U.S. Code was amended to provide protection for service members and their dependents regarding credit, arbitration, and limiting interest rates. This amendment provides service members and their dependents a private cause of action against lenders who violate the Military Lending Act.

The Military Lending Act law was amended in H.R. 4310, the "National Defense Authorization Act."

The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. http://www.attorneyforveterans.com/ is honored to assist our service members, veterans, and their dependents.

To read the amendment creating the Private Cause of Action read on:

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January 18, 2013

VA wait times for Claims continues to Increase

The GAO on January 18, 2013, confirmed the average wait time for a claim to be processed has increased. In 2009 the VA took an Average of 161 days. In 2012 the processing time jumped to 260 days.

Appeals - - over 2/3rd of all claims were backlogged.

If you are appealing a VA claim, contact us for help. http://www.attorneyforveterans.com/lawyer-attorney-1303360.html

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November 28, 2012

How to ensure you Will lose your claim for VA disability benefits

First, fail to make a claim for a benefit. The VA is not responsible for any disability that you may have if you do not make a claim. No claim = no benefits. And no not filing a claim will not allow you to get 50 years of back pay worth millions as you were injured in Korea and have waited 50 years to file the claim.

To make a claim go to https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal;EBEN_JSESSIONID=m1SvSLWJhPpWCm63hzmvhJpNgkTKvHGN2Cy955KbJ9SR2TnhDjTy!740092564!2104263516?_nfpb=true&_nfxr=false&_pageLabel=Apply and fill out a VA Form 526 (click apply for benefits), then click on Apply for Veterans Benefits at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal?_nfpb=true&_nfxr=false&_pageLabel=Vonapp.

Second, ignore any VA requests for information and only send back responses telling the VA how stupid they are. Yes people do this, and then expect the VA employee to help them.

Be respectful, you are the expert in your case, and you know or should know where the disability occurred. You may be the key to proving the disability. Just like in a Civil Court matter evidence is required. You must make sure your claims are supported by evidence. Attorneys know how to gather evidence and support claims with evidence.

Third, count on the VA to gather all information regarding your disability.

Fourth, do not answer C&P examiners questions. Do Correct any false statements made during the C&P examination by the VA or QTC examiner.

Fifth, fake the severity of the injury during the exam. Once you become not credible the VA can deny your claim.

Sixth, miss your C&P or other VA examinations. The VA by regulations is authorized to deny any claim where the veteran misses an examination.

I have written this article to point out mistakes veterans make in applying for VA benefits. Some veterans have been told or use the above errors as their approach to obtaining VA benefits. Honesty and working on your case with your attorney is the best way to win your claims.

The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. is available to assist you with you VA disability claims If you have filed a claim for VA disability benefits, and denied those benefits, and first filed a notice of disagreement on or after June 20, 2007, and your claim is still on appeal. Please contact our office for assistance with obtaining your VA Benefits at http://www.attorneyforveterans.com/

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November 21, 2012

Lay Statements

Lay statements are any statements made by the veteran, family members, friends, neighbors, or service buddies who make an oral statement during a hearing, or make a written declaration or written statement (preferably an affidavit signed and notarized under oath) regarding the veterans disability.

Lay statements refer statements made by people lacking professional medical expertise, laypersons, or people who are not medical professionals, and therefore cannot make medical diagnosis or prove medical facts.

But as anyone knows there are many things that a lay person can observe, such as seeing the veteran bleeding, seeing the veteran injured, seeing the veteran walking with a limp, or describing the laypersons observations and so forth. This may even include stating a diagnosis a medical professional told the layperson. A layperson cannot provide a diagnosis of diabetes, but the layperson can document the diagnosis a medical provider stated to the veteran or the layperson.

Lay statements are useful to document events that a person who is not a medical provider observed regarding the veteran. These lay statements can fill in missing information. The more factual the statements the better.

The Federal Circuit in Jandreau v. Nicholson, 492 F.3d 1372 (Fed. Cir. 2007), stated there are times a lay person is competent to testify to a medical condition.

Jandreau held:

[l]ay evidence can be competent and sufficient to establish a diagnosis of a condition when (1) a lay person is competent to identify the medical condition, (2) the layperson is reporting a contemporaneous medical diagnosis, or (3) lay testimony describing symptoms at the time supports a later diagnosis by a medical professional.

If you have been denied a claim, and filed your first notice of disagreement (NOD) on or after June 20, 2007, please contact the Law Office of Robert B Goss, P.C. for assistance in appealing your denial. http://www.attorneyforveterans.com/

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