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About SSGMike.Ivy

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    E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class
  • Birthday January 13

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  1. Vietnam Navy and Coast Guard Ships Recently Identified as Having Been Exposed to Agent Orange Attention All Military Personnel Subject: Vietnam Navy and Coast Guard Ships Recently Identified as Having Been Exposed to Agent Orange Information on Vietnam Naval Operations Compensation and Pension (C&P) Service has initiated a program to collect data on Vietnam naval operations for the purpose of providing regional offices with information to assist with development in Haas related disability claims based on herbicide exposure from Navy Veterans. To date, there has verification from various sources showing that a number of offshore "blue water" naval vessels conducted operations on the inland "brown water" rivers and delta areas of Vietnam. Also, there has been identification of certain vessel types that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways. The ships and dates of inland waterway service are listed below. If a Veteran's service aboard one of these ships can be confirmed through military records during the time frames specified, then exposure to herbicide agents can be presumed without further development. All vessels of Inshore Fire Support [iFS] Division 93 during their entire Vietnam tour: • USS Carronade (IFS 1) • USS Clarion River (LSMR 409) [Landing Ship, Medium, Rocket] • USS Francis River (LSMR 525) • USS White River (LSMR 536) • All vessels with the designation LST [Landing Ship, Tank] during their entire tour [WWII ships converted to transport supplies on rivers and serve as barracks for brown water Mobile Riverine Forces] • All vessels with the designation LCVP [Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel] during their entire tour • All vessels with the designation PCF [Patrol Craft, Fast] during their entire tour [Also called Swift Boats, operating for enemy interdiction on close coastal waters] • All vessels with the designation PBR [Patrol Boat, River] during their entire tour [Also called River Patrol Boats as part of the Mobile Riverine Forces operating on inland waterways and featured in the Vietnam film "Apocalypse Now"] • USS Ingersoll (DD-652) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, October 24-25,1965] • USS Mansfield (DD-728) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River August 8-19,1967 and December 21-24,1968] • USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) [Destroyer] [Operated on coastal inlet north of Da Nang, June 2-5, 1966, protecting Marines holding a bridge] • USS Basilone (DD-824) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, May 24-25, 1966] • USS Hamner (DD-718) [Destroyer] [Operated on Song Lon Tao and Long Song lao Rivers, August 15-September 1, 1966] • USS Conway (DD-507) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, early August 1966] • USS Fiske (DD-842) [Destroyer] [Operated on Mekong River, June 16-21, 1966] • USS Black (DD-666) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, July 13-19,1966] • USS Providence (CLG-6) [Cruiser, Light, Guided Missile] [Operated on Saigon River 3 days during January 1964] USDVA Issues List Of Ships That Qualify For Presumptive Agent Orange Exposure • USS Mahan (DLG-11) [Guided Missile Frigate] [Operated on Saigon River October 24-28,1964] • USS Okanogan (APA-220) [Attack Transport] [Operated on Saigon River July 22-23, 29-30,1968 and August 5-6, 1968] • USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) [Combat Stores Ship] [unloaded supplies on Saigon River and Cam Rahn Bay, April 22-25, 1968] Handout: USDVA Issues List Of Ships That Qualify For Presumptive Agent Orange Exposure VA Blue Water claims Update (Federal Update for July 12-16, 2010) The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) has added the below named ships to the already existing list for Navy and Coast Guard ships and vessels that are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange. If you serve on any of these mentioned ships and you have had a claim denied, you should reapply citing the VA list as the source for your reapplication. NAUS advises that the VA is already working on a third list that will have more ships listed. If you have a claim and evidence the ship you served on was in Vietnamese waters and/or actually tied up to a dock there, make sure you include that with your claim. Vessels that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways: All U.S. Coast Guard Cutters with hull designation WPB [patrol boat] and WHEC [high endurance cutters] USS Mark (AKL-12) [light cargo ship] USS Brule (AKL-28) USS Patapsco (AOG-1) [gasoline tanker] USS Elkhorn (AOG-7) USS Genesee (AOG-8) USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) USS Tombigbee (AOG-11) USS Noxubee (AOG-56) USS Okanogan (APA-210) [attack transport] USS Montrose (APA-212) USS Bexar (APA-237) USS Benewah (APB-35) [self-propelled barracks ship] USS Colleton (APB-36) USS Mercer (APB-39) USS Nueces (APB-40) Barracks Barge (APL-26 [sleeping quarters] Barracks Barge (APL-30) USS Tutuila (ARG-4) [repair ship] USS Satyr (ARL-23) [ repair ship] USS Sphinx (ARL-24) USS Askari (ARL-30) USS Indra (ARL-37) USS Krishna (ARL-38) USS Belle Grove (LSD-2) [landing ship dock] USS Comstock (LSD-19) USS Tortuga (LSD-26) USS Asheville (PG-84) [patrol gunboat] USS Gallop (PG-85) USS Antelope (PG-86) USS Ready (PG-87) USS Crockett (PG-88) USS Marathon (PG-89) USS Canon (PG-90) Floating Base Platform (YRBM-17) [repair, berthing, and messing barge] Floating Base Platform (YRBM-18) Floating Base Platform (YRBM-20) Winnemucca (YTB-785) [harbor tug] Vessels that operated temporarily on Vietnam's inland waterways or docked to the shore: USS Card (ACV-11) [escort carrier] [mined, sunk, and salvaged in Saigon River Harbor during May 1964] USS Maury (AGS-16) [mapping survey ship] [conducted surveys of Mekong Delta and other coastal areas and rivers beginning November 1965 through 1969] USS Henrico (APA-45) [amphibious attack transport] [operated on Hue River during March 1965 and conducted numerous troop landings through March 1967] USS Montrose (APA-212) [operated on Song Hue River during December 1965, operated on Long Tau River during March 1967, and operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha during May 1967] USS Talladega (APA-208) [operated on Saigon River during October 1967] USS Bolster (ARS-38) [salvage ship] [crew operated on land] USS Canberra (CAG-2) [guided missile cruiser] [operated on Saigon River from March 31 through April 1, 1966, on Cua Viet River during December 15, 1966, and on Mekong Delta Ham Luong River during January 15, 1967] USS Sproston (DD-577) [destroyer] [operated on Mekong Delta and Ganh Rai Bay during January 1966] USS Picking (DD-685) [operated on Saigon River during November 16, 1965] USS Epperson (DD-719) [docked to Da Nang Pier on October 4, 1970] USS Southerland (DD-743) [operated on Song Nga Bay and Saigon River during July 1966] USS John W. Thomason (DD-760) [operated on Nga Be River during 1969] USS Buck (DD-761) [operated on Mekong River Delta and Saigon River during October 1966] USS Preston (DD-795) [operated on Mekong River Delta, Ganh Rai Bay, and Saigon River during September 28-29 and December 27-29, 1965] USS Warrington (DD-843) [operated on Mekong River Delta Rung Sat Special Zone, North of Vung Gahn Rai Bay during March 1967] USS Dyess (DD-880) [operated on Saigon River and Rung Sat Special Zone from June 19 - July 1, 1966] USS Perkins (DD-877) [operated on Saigon River during June 1969] USS Orleck (DD-886) [operated on Mekong River Delta during July 1969] USS Joseph Stauss (DDG-16) [guided missile destroyer] [operated on Mekong River Delta and Ganh Rai Bay during November 7 and December 7, 1968] USS Waddell (DDG-24) [operated on Cua Viet River during March 1967] USS Newell (DER-322) [radar destroyer escort] [docked at Port of Nha Trang during December 22-24, 1965] USS Duluth (LPD-6) [amphibious transport dock] [docked to Pier at Da Nang during March and October 1971] USS Cleveland (LPD-7) [operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha, as well as Hue River, from November 1967 through 1968 and Saigon River during September 1969] USS Dubuque (LPD-8) [docked at Da Nang on March 15, 1970] USS Boxer (LPH-4) [amphibious assault ship] [docked to Pier at Cam Rahn Bay on September 9, 1965] USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) [landing ship dock] [operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha during December 1967] [source: NAUS Weekly update 25 Jun 2010++] Juliana Hensler National Service Officer Military Order of the Purple Heart
  2. i used the DAV here in New York and was nothing but satisfied. I always recommend the DAV here in NYC but other choices which some forget about checking and they are your local Veterans organizations. The Commander of my Purple Heart chapter is a VSO, the Commander of the local AmVets is a VSO, so some times you do not have to look far away. About 3-4 years ago the DAV started rotating VSO"s so you would not get to comfortable with him / her and visa versa surely you can understand what I mean. Did it make sense, to me know to them yes
  3. Welcome aboard GolfNut and thank you for your service. If your claim is filed with the DAV, a leter in the mail you will receive advising you of your scheduled C&P. Be patient is arrives faster then you think. The letter comes from the DAV
  4. Hey Apple sounds like you may be doing this on your own, something really not suggested to do since there is so much to understand about the VA system. A VSO such as the DAV, MOPH etc is really an asset to work with, since they know the ins and outs. Yeah there are some who well have no idea what is going on but most of them are really good within an organization like the DAV. They do everything for you. In fact when your C&P is set in stone they notify you, and yes you can call. Time does vary around the country on obtaining a C&P. Here in NYC the DAV is outstanding at least for me it was. There is a ton of information here on what you need to do to prepare yourself for a C&P. Most important be prepared and be honest, as you never know if that examiner is a combat Veteran who knows bs when he hears it. Don't be nervous. Best of luck keep us updated.
  5. Welcome aboard, what kind of issues are you have with the service board ?
  6. Welcome aboard and thank you for your service
  7. Welcome aboard and thank you for your service. based on what you are stating are you looking at being medically retired ?
  8. I totally agree with you on this. Letting it go over as they say is very minor to the possible completion and a positive result from his C&B
  9. Welcome aboard Hawk were you one of those ice truckers ? Waiting for you story on your disability increase request
  10. Larryj as you know a lot of Vets say they are receiving compensation and pension and confuse the 2 thinking they are the same thing.
  11. welcome aboard and thank you for your service. Very sorry to hear about your health issues that you have lived with all these years. Kelly gave you the best advise and with your own dealings with the VA you should have no problems. Hang in there brother
  12. Kevin welcome aboard and thank you for your service. And what is with you AF retirees with this 29 day thing, can't you make it one more day to finish out the month Surely your military service will be a great asset to the site
  13. Glad to hear from what it sounds like his procedures went well. As far as his thoughts on the VA, have heard them before. My results so far as positive here in New York, but that is mine. Can only imagine what he might have told you and surely it was pleasant because he loves and respects your concerns for him. All I can say is to attempt to gather up what ever reports you can of his medical career with his disabilities and have it all ready for him. Tell him that we NCO's lead our military and he needs to continue the tradition. Give him my best. Does your father have any disability rating with the VA at all ? ps; i have bladder cancer and had the surgery outside the VA also and my colonoscopy was done outside, but I still go to the VA for other issues.
  14. ps; tell your father I also am a retired Vet [ 24 years ] active and reserve and receive my retirement check, disability check and social security disability check all deposited on their due date. I am at a loss for words on what your father is going through, since you have been through the system with his support, any thoughts on just doing the paper work and having him sign off on it. I can understand his pride and what it means to him as a man, a Veteran and a good human being. Was his procedures done at the VA hospital ? If so his form process is a no brainier.
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