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About vietnam_war_vet

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    E-3 Seaman
  • Birthday 02/14/1949

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    Las Cruces, NM
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    Teaching aquatic therapy & exercise classes; perusing cyber blogs/forums; veterans/disabled veterans rights and programs; being with my loving Kathleen and our two spoiled English Mastiffs; traveling; natural hot springs soaking (helps my osteoarthritis); and staying informed/involved.<br /><br />I was an USAF radio operator. Two tours (69-70 & 72-73) with Task Force Alpha at Nankon Phanom AB, Thailand - with interdiction missions along the Ho Chi Minh in Laos. Awarded VSM, RVCR, and AFCM. <br /><br />I was AO exposed. Almost immediately developed chloracne. Then in 1995, type II diabetes. In 1990, the DVA placed me on their AO Registry. Since 1985, all 4 of my comp claims have been denied by DVA. I've had DAV SOs (twice) and congressional members (twice) shepherd my comp claims to no avail. Last denial was April this year.<br /><br />Attended Northern Arizona University. B.S. (1979) and M.A. (1984). Disability retired 1990 from postsecondary education. Kathleen is a professor of education.

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  1. Gracias, Knifestuff. I'll check out that site. One thing though....this group being accreditted by the VA is potentially a negative in my eyes....due to my history with the VA and other service organizations who were also accreditted by the VA, especially the DAV. -- Michael
  2. Is there a website....or can some one suggest a law firm where I can retain an attorney to fight the VA, RE 30 years plus of VA denials for my service-connected claims from my AO-related medical conditions? I tried Google and found several sites who seem to have potential to locate such an attorney, but so far....nothing. Not one attorney willing to take on my case. I appreciate any help/suggestions. Thanks -- Michael
  3. While driving home from work last Tuesday afternoon, I noticed that I suddenly had blurred double vision. I also noticed a dull ache, a tightness on the temple side of my left eye. Once I was home, I looked in the bathroom mirror and checked for potential stroke indicators (facial drooping, uneven smile, etc), but as far as I could discern....nothing except for the blurred double vision. When my wife arrived home, she got out her otoscope and examined my eyes. Again, nothing out of the ordinary. Next morning, I awoke still with the blurred double vision and left temple dull ache/tig
  4. Randall, gracias for posting this. Now, should I dare allow my hopes to be raised again. I was an USAF radio op, served at Nankom Phanom (NKP) Air Base, did Ho Chi Minh trail interdiction missions inside of Laos, developed chloracne while I was still over there....diagnosed with DMII in the mid-90s (I'm insulin-dependent now)....went through the AO Registry exam in 1990 at the Boise VAMC and was officially placed on the DVA's AO Registry in August 1990....BUT every claim that I've submitted for chloracne and DMII has been denied.....the first denial (1985) and the most recent one (2004-0
  5. Sorry, the first time I hit submit, I got one of those "this page cannot be displayed" screens. So, I hit back and then hit submit a second time. Oopsie....Michael
  6. Muchas gracias for sharing this, Time. Is anyone on hadit.com truly surprised by the contents of this transcript? Not if they're firmly grounded in reality and not blinded by delusional, corrupted, self-serving partisan politics. Just my humble opinion. I cringe ever time I see a news segment or read a news article where our national politicans routinely wrap themselves in our flag and proclaim how they "support our troops and veterans"....and then a review of their voting records disproves those claims - showing how they have either sponsored or condoned status quo or cutbacks to the VA
  7. Amen, Berta! Excellent, accurate synopsis of the ongoing incompetence and malfeasance of the DVA/CAVC/VAROs, etc....and all with American tax dollars - plus costing veterans physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It's been this way for what seems like forever and I don't see any credible improvement/positive changes on the horizon. Instead with the current political dysfunctional morass in our country, I only see it getting even worse for us veterans and our families. -- Michael
  8. Yep, MyMissie - the DVA's beancounting shuffle...."deny, delay, deny, delay as more and more shuffled veterans die each day." That pathetic burial benefit is all the DVA will have to shell out for your VN Vet. That's their goal and has been and will remain to be the DVA's goal. I don't see it changing....not in my lifetime. -- Michael
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