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About dkemp

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  1. Sorry about the confusion.I don't have his records and I am working off past information given to me by my brother. He was service connected for heart related condition. I am not sure how he got AO certified but I do know he was denied service connection for non Hodgkin's Lymphoma after he was certified. My understanding is the VA told him that there was a lawsuit that tied up the AO claims and his could not be decided until the suit was settled. He never set foot in Vietnam and his ship was not on the list. He was just off the coast of some river there in Vietnam waters. As I mentioned
  2. I have several questions I hope someone can help me sort through to determine if I should follow up, related to AO. My brother served twelve years in the Navy serving aboard several ships, including several months just of the coast of Vietnam. He left as a first class MM, who worked in the bilges of the ship. Mid 90's he was diagnosed with lymphoma and under went chemo and remission for several years. Early 2000's again diagnosed with cancer and filed AO claim with the VA and was denied because they said he was not exposed and didn't set foot in Vietnam. The VA certified him AO connected
  3. Berta, I am not sure what criteria they used. I just know when I enlisted I had above average hearing. So mush so that I was selected for a position that required better than average hearing. When I got out the hearing tech wrote on my discharge medical that I had defective hearing. I did not find this out until 2012 when I filed for IU and requested my medical records and C file. That is what made me so mad at the VA rep around 1974 when I went to file a loss of hearing claim. He told me then that my medical records probably could not be found and I would not prevail on the claim. Of
  4. Latzaspotz, After reading the responses here and further research on Hadit, I am inclined to agree with you. Gastone, I will follow up with more research on smc but honestly don't feel I have reached that point yet. I will probably file for the depression related to my hearing and hope it will be rated enough to reach 100% scheduler. Again, thanks to all for your opinions and information.
  5. Thank you all for the responses and info. I guess I am not making myself real clear but will try to answer. Prior to 1995 I had no health concerns at all. My hearing problems began with my employer in 1992. Beginning 1992 I had anger and depression followed by high blood pressure and first signs of heart related diseases and blockages. Progressively worse until my early retirement in 2000. Filed my first claim and joined the VA system in 2001 after medical termination due to hearing. VA doctors at that time were made aware of my medical history and began receiving all heart meds and dep
  6. Thank you. It was implied that my medical records may have burned up in the St. Lewis fire but no one ever checked. Just said I probably wouldn't prevail on a hearing claim and that was all. Presently I am service connected for bilateral hearing loss at 80% and Tinnitus at 10%. I have never been exposed to AO as far as I know and up until 2001 when I prevailed on my claim all of my hearing aids I paid for. There is written records of my complaining that my depression was because of my hearing loss that caused job demotion, and loss of income. In fact I tried VA Vocation rehab which I had
  7. I am trying to determine if I should have claimed several health issues years ago or if I can claim as secondary. Best way I know howI to explain this is chronologically and then answer any questions someone may have. I server in the US Navy and had hearing loss when I was discharged in 1966. In the early 70's I went to my local VA Service rep to file a claim for hearing loss and was told they probably would not be able to find my service records so a hearing loss would not prevail. In 1980 I began wearing a single hearing aid. I worked in Law Enforcement from 1969 until retirement in Novemb
  8. I am presently service connected for Tinnitus 10 % ; Bilateral Hearing Loss 80 % and TDIU 100 % P&T. Without going into a lot of discussion this was attained from 2001 through 2013. I am considering filing a claim for Heart Disease, Sleep Apnea, Hypertension, and Depression/PTSD. I feel if any of these claims prevail it will have to be secondary to my service connected hearing loss and loss of employment. I will try to explain this without having to write a book someone can give me some advice. My service connection disability had never been a factor for me until I was 48 years old an
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