Single Status Update
I recently heard that COPD can now be claimed for SC due to Agent Orange exposure in Viet Nam. I filed for it and received back a letter stating "We may consider that your 'COPD' is associated with dioxin exposure if YOU SEND US SCIENTIFIC OR MEDICAL EVIDENCE SHOWING THAT YOUR CLAIMED CONDITION IS MEDICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH DIOXIN EXPOSURES."
Well, I can't provide any evidence, so I'm wondering if any of you assist me in any way.
Maybe Berta or others will chime in, but, As always, VA moves very, very slowly, considering that the Vietnma war was in the 1970's. It sounds like they want to wait until we all die.
However, an IMO/IME should work for you, if, you were in country where VA has conceded AO exposure.
A IMO/IME means INDEPENDENT MEDICAL OPINION/ (IME) INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EXAMINATION
With that you need to go see a private Dr in the field of medicine your claiming COPD and ask that Dr to read your VA & Private Medical Records to give his/her opinion as the condition your trying to get Service Connected and a Rating...
The Dr needs to nexus this to your prior military service as to its related to or cause by your military service using the words is'' likely as not related to''
Unfortunately , the A.O. Presumptions for A.O. THE COPD is not on the A.O. List unless the Dr can opine it to be in another diseases category to a A.O. Presumption that's on the A.O. List
check this link out for Presumption A.O. List.
However this is why they mention this.
"We may consider that your 'COPD' is associated with dioxin exposure if YOU SEND US SCIENTIFIC OR MEDICAL EVIDENCE SHOWING THAT YOUR CLAIMED CONDITION IS MEDICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH DIOXIN EXPOSURES."
Reason for the IMO!!! The Dr needs to be a specialist in this field and give details the COPD would be related to the A.O. Associated with the Dioxin Exposures.