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  1. This is the first time VVMF has honored this day as Agent Orange Awareness Day. If you are a Gold Star Wife or Gold Star Husband, check your email for their announcement on this day. My husband's photo above is on line with info on others who are honored in a special plaque on the Wall. I found it on line today at the VVMF site,and it still hurts to know he is gone. He was an altar boy in Middleton,NJ and the rest of the photo shows him with his mother, in front of their house , and was taken one week before he left for USMC. 1964. His hair had began to turn white after he
  2. Any veterans or others out there have any luck proving that as a maintenance working on a AF plane, they had to climb aboard and go into Vietnam? the problem I'm running into is that my service record does not put me in Vietnam, so I am unable to claim any Agent Orange presumptive conditions. I have multiple. ANy help is very appreciated.
  3. After a long battle, my Marine Vietnam Vet brother has been awarded 100% service connection for schizophrenia. The VA has denied this claim since originally filed in 1982. Even though he had schizophrenic episodes and subsequent hospitalization - it was well past his discharge date of 1971 -- thus no service connection in the eyes of the VA. (Discharged because he tripped over a grenade booby trap and was WIA, I might add). Now 48 years later, the VA has approved the claim. It has been denied at least twice, and I filed a Notice of Disagreement, and was fortunate to include an IMO from
  4. Hi, Berta (everyone), I am curious if there’s any instructions on how to go about: DIC is granted & accrued / death pension benefits are denied. My VA rep (Colorado VA office), recently explained to me that my mom was awarded DIC benefits ( I filed on her behalf ), effective the day of his death (my dad died Dec.30, 2017) of... 1-Pneumonia 2-COPD 3-CAD but, we (she) was denied accrued because the Army / VA did not owe him any money, since he never filed for benefits while alive. While that part is true, he never filed because he was told he did not have agent ora
  5. The BWNVVA counsel is afraid to bring these actions because “I don’t want to piss them off” [leadership]. My thought is who cares if we piss them off. They have let us hang and denied passage of the Blue Water Navy Bills for at least 10 years. Although discharge petitions have not been very successful in the past, some have done what they intended. The thought of embarrassing the leadership is fine with me. They should be embarrassed! Pissing them off does not affect the outcome of the BWNVVA bill status, because we will lose nothing. We do not have presumptive status. Congress denies us at ev
  6. A local Kansas City man is suing the VA for $35 million in a malpractice suit, in my words basically, he was treated for 10 years of being misdiagnosed for a mental condition that he didn’t actually have, and it cost him his pilots career. Anyone can google it for accurate details. I made medical treatment record requests while on active duty months before my discharge, but were told they were all lost in transit from Vietnam, when I was medivac’d out. What I did receive at discharge was Form DA 3349 showing P-3 permanent profile for permanent defects under “physical capacity and stamina
  7. I'm new here and am re-posting under this topic as it may be a more appropriate forum. First off, let me say this site has been extremely helpful to me in developing my brother's VA claim. He's a former Marine - served in Vietnam 1969-70 and was WIA by tripping a grenade booby trap - Purple Heart. He was unemployed for approximately 4 years of the first 8 years he was back. Then in the 8th year, he attempted suicide, taken away in a straight jacket, hospitalized and diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type. In the 5 years that followed, he underwent long-term mental health thera
  8. I have come to learn my medical evidence was withheld all my life due to "ANTICIPATION OF LITIGATION", from what I gather, and the VA used a couple FOIA EXCEPTIONS OR EXEMPTIONS in withholding them. I am asking why the VA would anticipate me suing them before I even got discharged? Just asking. Thanks Victor Ray
  9. Like Shipyard7 it's been a long battle for vendication and will be longer to accomplish what needs to be corrected. I should have been medically retired with full pay, full medical for life, full Exchange privileges, and everything a completely disabled veteran is entitled to as of the day before left Vietnam with a Form DA3349 declaring I was permanently defective in the body organs and systems preventing me from performing at full capacity except for short periods. The P-3 is permanent and supersedes all other profiles. i tried for several months to get any medical records I could while
  10. My brother's Ischemic Heart Disease as a result of Agent Orange exposure as a Marine Rifleman in Quang Nam Province in 1969-70 was just approved - and rated at 60%. Another AO disability of Diabetes II was also approved at a 40% rating last summer. These, combined with his previous disability of scars/lack of motion from his battle wounds, gives him a total combined disability rating of 80%. I couldn't have done it without the help of HADit. I had no clue about the claims process when I started. I am still going to keep plugging away on getting a schizophrenia nexus. But I wanted to
  11. Victor Ray

    VA LIARS

    I have found that the VA has had evidence decades before they say they knew. They have been deceiving us, Liang to us, and depriving due benefits for 5 decades at least, and me personally for 46 years. They are dishonest and deceptive, and have been the root cause of Veterans suffering to death, needlessly. Over 300,000 and it's probably double that at least. Your claims are delayed to deceive you and delay you, nothing more. NOTHING MORE. My claim went from the crooks in St. Louis, to the lazy jerks in Atlanta, to to numb nuts in Nebraska, to the warped minds in Waco, TX, before determining t
  12. 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 i
  13. 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.
  14. I do believe I have uncovered a CUE! Service medical treatment records from Da Nang and Japan Naval Hospital indicate shell fragments received by my brother from Vietnam booby trap explosion lodged in his arm, back of knee, and heel. Also the military separation physical exam shows scars at all three wound sites. However, at the time of his C&P exam in 1983, the orthopedic VA doctor indicated there was a metallic foreign body in his heel and stated "most likely from old trauma" and that the Naval hospital reported that "all shrapnels were removed". From that point forward, the VA com
  15. Hi everyone. I am new to this site and want to commend all of the Veterans and advocates who devote endless time and energy into those who are new to the claims process. I will try to keep it short. Some background- My dad, 68 years old, is a Vietnam vet. He was drafted and served 6/68-3/70. He is currently rated at 80%. He initially claimed "injury to both feet" in 1983 and was denied. Needless to say, information was not as readily available in 1983 and like he said, "I was busy raising a family to fight the VA." He claimed foot disorders (plantar fasciitis, foot injury) aga
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Hello everyone, I am in the early stages of helping my father file some claims. We received his C-file recently and I went through it very carefully. He spent one year in Vietnam during the late 1960's and retired around 1990. After having MRI's done each year, my father was recently diagnosed with early stages of dementia and put on aricept. Dementia does not run in our family on either side as far as we have researched. The only head injury claims in his medical records are detailed below. 1. I found a medical record from Vietnam from a motor vehicle accident. It does not say much,
  20. Merry Christmas, Young Warriors This is a tribute to all the Vets who knows how many are left They were proud in their day But they lost their youth In a place far away Today, They are not the same men How many is left in ten? They went to war, So we can Enjoy Being Free Today some try to enjoy Football on TV At night they try to dream Once they were all, Part of a really proud team Caualties of War some may be, But still they enjoy the ornaments, On the Christmas Tree, What's Left of that crowd? Still stand proud When It's all said and
  21. 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
  22. 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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