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  1. My brother was diagnosed with hypertension and unqualified for duty on his induction exam into the USMC. Two weeks later they took more blood pressure tests, found them normal, and crossed through all of the previous disqualifying remarks. I saw a VA citation where the same thing happened to another veteran, and the board decided they must use the 'final' exam results therefore disallowing hypertension as pre-existing. Am I better off just submitting the hypertension claim as secondary to Diabetes Mellitus II (from exposure to Agent Orange - has current diagnosis)? If they deny it as pre-existing, will they 'automatically' say it is secondary ? By initially claiming it as pre-existing, do I screw up my brother's chances for making a second go at it as secondary? If anyone has any scientific evidence recognized by the VA linking combat trauma to hypertension, this would be appreciated too. Thank you in advance ...
  2. Hi everyone, as stated in my title I am still active duty and have been diagnosed with PC and have undergone the surgery. I have been led to believe that the VA will compensate unto 5 years post surgery as it considers the cancer active. How can I confirm this information? every time I call a service officer they tell me that I need to file a claim to see if it will be approved as service connected. The symptoms initiated in a combat zone so they are service connected. The surgery left some long lasting effects just like everyone else, incontinence, frequency and ED. Could some one let me know if and/or what i would receive? thanks.
  3. Getting ready to file a new claim for Agent Orange symptoms for my Vietnam Vet brother who was on the ground as USMC rifleman for 9 months, until he was WIA by a grenade booby trap. He was found to have hypertension and his USMC ENTRY physical showed him ineligible to serve -- then they gave him 3 more blood pressure tests and someone scratched threw the 'hypertension' and said ELIGIBLE to serve. His USMC exit physical after recovering from his wounds in 1970 also showed hypertension. In 2008, a physical showed hypertension, along with abnormal EKG with doctor's notes indicating cardio infarction and possible A-fib. I just had a private doctor give him a physical last week and he's diagnosed again with hypertension, and EKG abnormalities, with a referral to a cardiologist. I am still waiting for a copy of his C&P physical exam from April. Is this enough to claim IHD? There is no time limit (from date of discharge) to file for IHD from Agent Orange right ? Also awaiting blood work / diabetes screening and Diabetes Type II claim may be in order as well. Any suggestions / guidance is greatly appreciated.
  4. ZERO Rating Decision received! "The previous denial of service connection for PTSD is confirmed and continued. The evidence does not show a current diagnosed disability". "The previous denial of service connection for schizophrenia, residual type, competent is confirmed and continued. The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. The evidence does not support a change in our prior decision. Therefore we are confirming the previous denial of this claim. Doesn't being WIA with purple heart from grenade booby trap show an event and injury in service? Furthermore, they made no mention of Agent Orange disabilities claimed (hypertension, ischemic heart disease, etc) even after I responded to 8 of their questions on this disability. They did concede 50% schizophrenia NSC as well as INCOMPETENT requiring my brother to engage me as Fiduciary. Also gave him 40% combined for osteoarthritis and muscle strain SC for his wounds in arm, heel, and knee. At least he'll get this money. But I am utterly flabbergasted and discouraged that they would deny him the major PTSD and Schizophrenia claims. Guess I'll be taking to higher authority now --- Berta, Bronco, anyone ?
  5. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/9paX1-FyCaI Today we’re talking about SERVICE CONNECTION. When we talk about service-connecting a medical condition, disease, injury or illness to military service, we are talking about proving the relationship between the two. 1) Direct Service Connection 2) Service Connection by Aggravation 3) Presumptive Service Connection 4) Secondary Service Connection 5) Service Connection due to Injury Caused by Treatment in the VA Healthcare System 6) Special Service Connection Rules for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ★ JOIN US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU AND OUR FELLOW VETERANS ★ ▶ facebook.com/VETOVET2 ▶ itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vet2vet/id1077206523?mt=2 ▶ twitter.com/VETOVET2 ▶ youtube.com/c/VETOVET2 ▶ plus.google.com/u/0/+VETOVET2 ▶ goo.gl/app/playmusic?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Iiqawbuzg7eviiyqm6xz7kju62m?t%3DVET2VET ▶ feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:198832065/sounds.rss ▶ soundcloud.com/vet2vet ▶ stitcher.com/s?fid=80842&refid=stpr ★ LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE ★ THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE VET2VET MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. VET2VET MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES OF THE CONTENT AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA VET2VET SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF VET2VET, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE CONSULTING VET2VET.
  6. If VA adds bladder cancer to the list of conditions presumptive to Agent Orange exposure then it could spell backlog (and Nehmer) once again for VA. Possibly a smaller backlog, but nonetheless a backlog. It's currently under review by VA once again. https://www.propublica.org/article/vietnam-vets-push-va-to-link-bladder-cancer-to-agent-orange I know there are many different pushes to have conditions or service areas added, but in my experience with VA they will attempt to take the smaller groups first. Go figure.
  7. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/sTH3p-WwXn0 The way VA defines The word "permanent" slightly differently. For that matter, the word total doesn't mean total when discussing a disability. These are just terms to VA. There really isn't a protected rating. Any rating can be modified by VA at any time, depending on the circumstances. How do you know if your benefit is P & T? What is IU? What is substantially gainful employment? Are there any other eligibility requirements? How is the way VA decides total disability different from other agencies? TDIU awards may be permanent or they may be temporary. If I get a 100% rating, should I continue fighting the VA for benefits? SMC compensation Can you think of any other scenarios were a Veteran might want to keep filing to VA after they reach a 100% rating? ★ JOIN US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU AND OUR FELLOW VETERANS ★ ▶ facebook.com/veterantoveteran/ ▶ itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vet2vet/id1077206523?mt=2 ▶ twitter.com/veterantovetera/lists/vet2vet ▶ youtube.com/channel/UCebXFpogeJ9r4EqRyxHriYQ ▶ plus.google.com/u/0/+VETOVET2 ▶ goo.gl/app/playmusic?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Iiqawbuzg7eviiyqm6xz7kju62m?t%3DVET2VET ▶ feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:198832065/sounds.rss ▶ soundcloud.com/vet2vet ▶ stitcher.com/s?fid=80842&refid=stpr ★ LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE ★ THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE VET2VET MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. VET2VET MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES OF THE CONTENT AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA VET2VET SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF VET2VET, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE CONSULTING VET2VET.
  8. My mother agreed to let me handle filing a claim for my father. You see he passed away in 2000 at the V.A. Hospital. I need to know how to handle this. I am guessing that I need to obtain his C File, review it and put together the proof needed to show that he died because of service connected disabilites. He was 100% PT but not for 10 years so my mother does not receive any compensation because of it. Personally I think the V.A. was guilty of malpractice. They were treating him for pneumonia as an inpatient and he died of myocardial infarction. But I digress. I would like to see if there is any way that I can link his Sc'd issues with his cause of death so I can help my mother bet DIC. I need to review his records but I believe that he had PTSD, Agent Orange, Electrocution residuals???, Osgood Slaughters, and maybe a few other things. He was 11th Calvary F troop Vietnam 1967 and 1968 and I believe he was at Tet and a few other major battles. He may have been a tank mechanic or driver not sure. How do I proceed. I am sure this has been covered somewhere and I am just not finding it. If someone knows where I can find the info on the steps I need to take for a claim like this. I am pretty fluent in filing claims for current issues but on the Vietnam side of things its a little hazy. Thank you in advance Doc
  9. I have been fighting the VA since 2003 claiming that my cancer was caused from exposure to AO. After being denied several times and after several appeals finally in 2011 the VA admitted that from all the research I sent in to them and from their own doctors C/P findings and from my doctors findings that my cancer was indeed caused from exposure to AO and ruled in my favor but they gave me a 0% rating. I realize that Testicular cancer is not on their list of cancers that they recognise, but is on a list to be added someday. Just wondered if any other Vietnam Vets have have applied for benefits from this type cancer and if so what kind of results they have had. I appealed this ruling again in 2011 and as of yet have not heard a thing. I will keep appealing this until I die which I feel is what they are waiting on. This is my very 1st post, but find this site to be most interesting. Thanks Rick Kelly Vietnam Vet 1971-1972.
  10. Those asking about the use and storage of Agent Orange in Puerto Rico, I can attest to seeing and handling Agent Orange, Purple, Green and White on the Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in 1976. Contact me if I can be of help
  11. Because of the Nehmer decision of September 1985 (boots on the ground in Vietnam) linking coronary artery disease to Agent Orange, I have been denied benefits for the disease. I am looking for any fellow veterans that could help me gather more information for my claim. I was an E4 in the Air Force on military assignment. We left California on "Thanksgiving Day" November 23rd 1967 on a military chartered Braniff Airlines airplane (all military personnel except for the flight crew) by way of Siagon, Vietnam to Taikli, Thailand. We arrived at Tan San Nhut Air Base and was housed in military quarters. We were directed to be prepared to leave at 04:00 hours the following day on a military aircraft to our destinations. If anyone could help me gather any additional information regarding that flight; I will be very thankful and appreciative.
  12. Who actually decides or who would need to be contacted regarding changes in agent orange presumptives. I especially wonder about neuropathy which according to VA has to have been manifested to at least 10% within one year of discharge. But, according to multiple sources, this is a disease that was not even diagnosable until recently. That makes it impossible to meet the requirements for presumptive. So, who could actually introduce a change? Thanks Kate
  13. Active duty son trying to get some advice on how to handle my dad’s VA claim. I appreciate any feedback and suggestions on how to proceed. My dad who is 78 years old is a Navy veteran of 23 years and served in Vietnam. He was stationed on the USS Kawishiwi (AO 146), which is a Navy ship on the VA’s “brown water” list (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/list.asp). My dad filed a VA Claim in 2003 for several diseases related to Agent Orange to include Type II diabetes, Heart Disease (had quadruple bypass, angioplasty, and splints done), Hypertension, various skin conditions, Gall Bladder and Liver conditions. The documentation that VA acknowledge receiving for this claim included his VA Form 21-526, VA Form 21-4142, Copy of his DD214, VA Form 21-22, and copies of medical records from MTF (Portsmouth Naval) and various civilian doctors. Unfortunately I don’t have a copy of the decision letter for this claim but I know he was denied the claim as these medical issues on his EBenefits “Disabilities” page have these medical issues being “Not Service Connected” My question is shouldn’t at least some of the issues be defaulted as “Service Connected” due to Agent Orange exposure as a “brown water” veteran? Most of the research I’ve done state that a Vietnam Veteran who have any of the diseases (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/) and can prove that they were in Vietnam as either “boots on the ground” or “brown water” should receive VA compensation. If this is the case why was my dad denied his claim? So again I’m looking for advice on how to proceed. 1. Do I file a new VA Claim for my dad’s diseases related to Agent Orange? 2. If I file a new VA Claim what will the date be for his benefits? Will it be the date of this new claim or can they revert back to the original claim date from 2003? 3. Should I not open a new claim and try to reopen the original 2003 claim? Note: My dad is already receiving 40% disability for hearing loss and tinnitus. I wish I could have been more on top of this for my dad but I haven’t lived in the same area as him for 18 years and its difficult trying to stay on top of things. I was home visiting for Thanksgiving and spent some time going through his documents and wanted to see what I can do. I’m now committed to working this through resolution. My dad is a hard worker who worked 2-3 jobs most of his life to support his family. I would love to see him get these benefits that he deserves.
  14. Anyone else have a problem with claim not processed properly in the rush to get claims out of their office, so that they will now be an appeal.
  15. As this post demonstrates, the VA has been pulling a rabbit out of its hat to ensure that Navy Vets whose ships were in 3 particular ports in Vietnam were NOT entitled to an Agent Orange exposure presumption. As I share in this post, thanks to a recent court victory by my friend and colleague Matt Hill, this may be about to change. http://www.veteranslawblog/blue-water-agent-orange/ Chris Attig
  16. My client, Robert Gray, has asked me to share his Veterans Court case because it could have a profound impact on blue water veterans who sailed into Da Nang Harbor during the Vietnam War. The case is in the Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims (Robert H. Gray v. Robert A. McDonald 13-3339). The Court must decide whether Da Nang Harbor is an inland waterway. Our argument is simple: the Supreme Court's definition that a harbor is an inland waterway should be controlling in this case. VA states that VA has the ability to define words as it sees fit. The case is going to a panel of three judges at the end of February. We’ve done a write up (http://www.hillandponton.com/will-va-finally-admit-da-nang-harbor-inland-waterway) on it on our blog and will continue to update it as the case progresses. If the Court finds in our favor then VA will be bound by its decision that Da Nang Harbor is an inland waterway and it will have to compensate veteran sailors who have Agent Orange disabilities that went into the harbor. The odds are stacked against us, as this ruling would benefit tens of thousands of et but Mr Gray is excited to push this issue and, at the least, get publicity to the plight of those arbitrarily left out of Nehmer’s Agent Orange presumption. Mr. Gray wants to get the word out to as many blue water vets as possible. Regards, Matthew Hill
  17. Hello. I already have a 50% disability (awarded 2012). Well, a few months back, I started having back and chest pain along with coughing. I went to my local va outpatient clinic; they did a chest xray and found pleural thickening. They scheduled me for a CT Scan in Parma, Ohio where I was scanned from neck to knees. The findings on the report are that I have lung nodules and thyroid nodules; Parma did not see pleural thickening. Noted was that the lung nodules should be re-evaluated (new CT Scan) in a year, and they are scheduling me for an ultrasound on the thyroid nodules. This is scary stuff. I had a stress test last year. Next, I made an appointment with a local VA rep to inquire if I could file an Agent Orange claim for the lung nodules....he said that no, I could not unless they turn into diagnosed cancer and he hopes he doesn't see me in the future as then I would be able to file an AO claim. The lung nodules are scaring me more than anything. I was exposed to AO while serving 2 tours in Vietnam. Waiting a whole year to get another scan of them really doesn't sit well with me. I was also told that the chest and back pain have nothing to do with any nodules. Any advice? BTW, I am a former hadit member, but cannot retrieve my information (forgot my username and the email address it was connected to is no longer valid as I moved and switched internet providers). Any comments or suggestions?
  18. Hi everyone, I am just seeking information about possible assistance due to the need for my husband to relocate due to medical reasons. We currently live in New Mexico at 7500 feet, my husband has been told he will need a second bypass surgery and simply put, cannot remain living at 7500feet, he has also developed chronic Valley Fever, a fungal infection that causes lesions in the lungs, and doctors have told him he should move to prevent constant exposure to this fungus in the soil of the southwest. Unfortunately we are not in a position to afford to move anywhere right now (house worth less than the mortgage). My husband is currently 100% for PTSD, 60% of IHD, and 20% for DM2. (160%) Does anyone know or any programs that are designed to help people who HAVE to move due to medical reasons???? Could the ILP (Independent Living Program) help? Is there any federal, state, or local programs that could help? or associations like the VFW or DAV? Any help would be appreciated.
  19. My husband was recently diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. He was at camp Lejeune and it is presumptive but must be diagnosed within a year of exposure. Exposure was many years ago so he cannot file a claim on that. Diabetes is a common cause and that is presumptive due to agent orange which he also was exposed to in Vietnam but my husband is not diabetic at this time. He has been borderline for a while but he is short of diagnosis. Is it claim able in any way? Thanks Kate
  20. The Show starts at 10 am eastern. James Cripps is the first CONUS AO vet to get service connected after a very long battle with the VA. http://www.newschannel5.com/story/11488032/local-veteran-wins-fight-for-medical-benefits Please Join Jerrel Cook and Mike Sasser for this show. Call in and ask James qiestions at (347) 237-4819. Jbasser
  21. Lost and confused... In the big bad VA world... Ask three people, get three different answers... This is a long post, but it wanted to be all inclusive On behalf of my Vietnam Veteran father, USAF, Decorated rescue helicopter pilot, 21 years... I ask the following series of questions, that I am unable to get a "clear" answer from any person on the other end of a phone at a VA call center or RO, or VSO. Sometimes I feel like I know more than they do?! Help....... He has been rated 100% SC P and T for 2 years for CAD, following placement of 3rd stint, after many years at combined rating 60% for hypertension, tinnitus, perforation of ear drum, mastoiditis. Two months prior to the 100% rating he developed AO related limited stage Small cell lung cancer. He was temporarily rated at an additional 100% for this during treatment for 6 months., housebound also awarded for six months. After the 6 months he was dropped to 0% due to lack of diseases present. He NEVER went in for any follow up C & P exam for " residuals" of the cancer treatments, both chemo and 10 brain stem radiation PCI treatments. He was feeling "good" and was happy to be beating this horrible odds cancer. I wasn't in the loop about how he followed up with his medical care until most recently, as his condition , 2 1/2 years past treatment now has begun to deteriorate on all levels, physical, cognitive and mental. He now has bowel and bladder incontinence , mobility limitations (walker), soon wheelchair,, and difficulty with communication and speech ( almost Parkinsonism in nature), COPD, asthma , non diabetic Peripheral neuropathy and Oxygen therapy 24 hours a day at 2L at rest. Seems like a no brainer, Problem being.... Aside from the incontinence (which in and of itself is demoralizing for him) , he had pre existing degrees of all the conditions listed that we're not on file at the VA because he didn't think they were service connected , but NOW they are debilitating and most certainly exacerbated by the "temporary" service connected active lung cancer and treatment., now rated at 0%. I have requests out to his private sector doctors for records as well as applicable DBQ's , as well as a housebound and aid and attendance form completed by his primary care physician. So finally to my ultimate question, are these secondary to his lung cancer disease or residuals, ? Which form(s) should we file, use Ebenefits. ? , FDC? Everyone I have spoken to on the "help" lines gives me a different answer,,, this is my favorite,.. " he's already rated at 100%, you can't get anymore than that"? WHAT ?! How about SMC, housing grants (SC respiratory conditions), added conditions for eventual DIC for spouse.? Etc.... Am I crazy or headed in the right direction? He spent over 1000 days in Vietnam flying through Agent Orange in a helicopter., ....I need... Help.. Thank you
  22. I ran across this interesting website. It contains quite a lot of great information but, for Blue Water Sailors, you can track any typhoons you ran through in a given year. Obviously, the storms of interest would be the ones that traveled into and through Vietnam. There's no doubt the sea and seabed would have been heavily roiled and any dioxin laden material would have been suspended in the water for quite a long time and who knows how far it would have traveled. I wish I'd seen this site while my claim was still at the VARO, or at least, the BVA. It would certainly add ammunition to go with the RAN study and the ensuing IOM confirmation of that RAN study. There were, for instance, 26 in '70, 36 in '71 and 31 in '72, the years I spent full tours. My short stint over there in '73 had none in the 45 days I was there.
  23. I am trying to help a fellow Veteran (Us Army) with a disability claim arising from his duty while stationed at Gagetown Canada. Does anyone have any experience(s) with disabilities arising from exposure to Agent Orange?? I searched this site / forum but found no content. Thanks all.
  24. Many civilian workers at the Corpus Christi Army Depot who repaired UH helicopters during the Vietnam war were exposed to Agent Orange. The Army states that the helicopters were decontaminated before coming to the states for repairs. This is not true. Does anyone know if the Army did indeed try to decontaminate the helicopters before they shipped them off to the states for repairs?
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