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  1. I have service connected Chloracne, Diabetes II, and heart disease. In Dec, 2019 I was prescribed by the VA to take 25 mg per day of the relatively new drug Jardiance. My cardiologist said that it would help with my Diabetes as well as the heart disease. I then started complaining of huge boils coming up in my right and then left inner groin. After many dermatology and emergency room visits, no diagnosis or treatment, other than a look see and another bottle of antibiotics.antibiotics. On July 1, 2020, things got a lot worse, so another trip to the ER and another bottle of ills. The pain
  2. I am looking for anyone who was on Kadena AFB, Okinawa or .Chanute AFB, IL. My dad was there from Oct. 68-April 70. He has ichemic heart disease, diabetes which has resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee and peripheral neuropathy. We were denied in 2002 AMVETS filed a claim on his behalf for heart condition, diabetes and back problems. I refiled in December 2011 and have just received the claim statements and medical release forms. I am familiar with filling out this paper work because my husband is a combat veteran of Iraqi Freedom. I have been reading articles from the Ja
  3. https://www.nvlsp.org/news-and-events/press-releases/nvlsp-seeks-retroactive-benefits-for-blue-water-vietnam-veterans In part: Released 7/13/20 "NVLSP Seeks Class Action Order Requiring VA to Automatically Redecide Thousands of Benefit Claims Denials for Agent Orange-Related Diseases Filed by Vietnam Veterans Who Served in the Territorial Sea of Vietnam --- More than $4.6 billion in retroactive compensation has been paid to Vietnam veterans who set foot on land but nothing to Blue Water Vietnam Veterans-- WASHINGTON – In an effort to secure retroactive bene
  4. 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
  5. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/07/22/senate-approves-new-agent-orange-presumptive-diseases-tees-house-showdown.html It has to go to the House. They eliminated AO HBP which has the strongest association to AO per the 2-016 NAP report.
  6. I recently reported here that my AO claim for Prostate Cancer was approved, with a 100% rating. While I'm grateful for the award I have a question about the disability start date. I filed the claim online and submitted my evidence on May 21st. The VA has always acknowledged the filing date as May 21st. But when I received the decision letter it said the start date was June 1st, not May 21st. Is the VA correct? Are my disability payments effective on June 1st even though I filed my claim on May 21st? Thanks again everyone for your replies and expertise.
  7. I asked for help on this site several times and the responses were great. I'm an AO Vietnam vet and I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. I submitted a claim online. I uploaded the biopsy and my DD214 after being told that I needed to prove just two things: I served in Vietnam and I have Prostate Cancer. I had a phone interview with an RN that lasted about 10 minutes. Exactly one month from the day I filed the claim I got a letter from the VA that said I was 100% disabled and would receive $3106 a month. Thanks everyone for your help. Now I need to focus on getting better.
  8. As the first veteran to be granted AO exposure at a post or base inside CONUS, I am asked many questions. The most prevalent question is," how long is AO toxic after application", for the purpose, and in the amount, needed to win an AO claim outside of Vietnam and Korea. The short answer is that there is no answer. In order to win my claim I had a statement from the world's foremost agent orange expert who states that once AO enters the sub soil, 100 years. On the other hand, some experts reply that it quickly evaporates in the foliage and tends to never make it to the ground, and even if it
  9. I have had heart troubles all my adult life. Up until last year I had no idea I had Ischemic heart disease. I had a CABG in August. It failed in December when I had to have 8 stents and a week later another stent AFTER a heart attack. I filed for Agent Orange connection, as that is what I believe has caused this, and this is the comment I gleaned from MHV: "Per VAVBA/CO/211/AGENT ORANGE 1/9/2020:DoD HAS NOT identified any location on El Toro Marine Corps Air Station,California, where Agent Orange was used, tested, stored, or transported. Therefore, Compensation Service can provide n
  10. I served in Vietnam in 67-68 with the Marines. I was just diagnosed with prostate cancer (three of 12 biopsy samples, Gleason scores of six, six and seven). I filed a VA claim online and submitted the pathology report. Can anyone tell me what to expect from the VA? I am already an Agent Orange disabled vet in their system (10%) for another issue. A decision on the course of treatment for the prostate cancer will be made soon. It will probably be radiation or active surveillance. Thanks.
  11. This WRDW News Investigates broadcast was aired on the 6:00 & 10:00 news in Augusta Ga. on 9/25/2019. This is the first of a series, more will follow. This link will work, click on the link, when page not found comes up, look five stories down on the right side of the screen and click on I TEAM INVESTIGATES OFF SPRINGS. If you have trouble, see my next post in this thread. https://www.wrdw.com/content/news/I-TEAM-Could-the-children-of-those-exposed-to-Agent-Orange-at-Fort-Gordon-als
  12. On Appeal Remand: Sleep apnea, Vascular Disease, Sciatic Nerve Paralysis, Cerebral sinus Thrombosis and amputation of right leg, below the knee. After 4 failed bypass procedures on my LEFT leg, my vascular doctors-VA and Civilian, have told me that amputation of my remaining {LEFT} leg is imminent! It will happen once the blood flow to my leg becomes so reduced that I will no longer be able to withstand the pain and/or when my leg literally begins to die which will lead to gangrene and possibly sepsis. CLOSED and GRANTED: Anxiety disorder. {50% rating} DENIED: Traumatic cataract, Coronary Ar
  13. My father served in Vietnam 1969-1975, he was exposed to Agent Orange when it was sprayed to knock the jungle down-he reported the outbreak of Chloracne to the doctors at the VA, he got it on his back-most of his back. He had my first older sister who got it on her face, back and arms. My second oldest sister only got it on her chin. My identical twin and I got it really BAD, we had it on our face, backs, necks, chests, behind our ears, sometimes in our groin too-we had to take a 9 month course of Accutane back in 1994-1995. It cleared until we had our kids, mine came back with a vengeance so
  14. I’m helping my MIL who refuses to call but once a month or so to check on her deceased vet husbands claim. She keeps getting conflicting information. She was told in June her claim packet would come in July and that he was going to be paid out on at least 5 claims dating back from Vietnam. He was exposed to Agent orange and ultimately passed 4 years ago from complications. He’s been fighting for this for almost 15 years. In July she was told her claim was in Demand to Pay status. Still nothing. We’ve searched all over the web and found no information about what this status means. Anyone heard
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    Boots on the ground with bladder cancer.If the new presumptive of this cancer is added how does the Nehmer Rule effect come into play?
  16. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/waV5t0HPtbM Today we are joined by Thomas Wendel, DAV National area supervisor for West Cost Region. Thomas E. Wendel served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1983 until 1997. Since 1999, Tom has worked assisting veterans in processing various entitlement claims on the local, state and federal levels; first in Clare County as a county service officer and then when he came to work for the Disabled American Veterans in 2000. In 2008 he was promoted to the position of supervisor of the DAV Service Office in Detroit and later
  17. My father was diagnosed today with prostate cancer and the doctor found cancer on his kidney. The doctor (private) said that the prostate cancer is connected to his service in Vietnam and exposure to Agent Orange. Since the cancer was found in two locations, it makes things from a medical perspective a bit more complicated. I believe my father has 10% disability for hearing loss…should be more for several other issues, but he was too proud to complain or be completely open with the VA doctor during the exam. I’ve tried to call the VA today to figure out what they can do from a medica
  18. Okay my husband has been getting compensation for his heart since it became presumptive for Agent Orange. He has 60%. So his Vietnam service, etc has already been verified. Now he has been diagnosed with Squamous cell primary lung cancer. They have not yet decided on a treatment plan because they are doing some respiratory tests tomorrow to see if maybe surgery will be an option since he has late stage COPD. I went ahead and turned in the claim along with his VA records thus far, basically to save the date. My question is: Since he is already receiving one presumptive for Agent Orange,
  19. Hi, I'm just starting the agent orange application process for my father and have a lot of questions. Would love to get insight from anyone who has been through the process and/or who may have similar circumstances. First, he was on a blue water naval ship (USS Ranger), but he did set boots on ground as part of a work detail when his ship was docked in Vietnam. Has anyone had a similar situation, and if so, did you have to come up with evidence that you set boots on ground? If so, where/how did you find that? Second, he has lewy body dementia, which is believed by experts to be the
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. DAV told me there is no expediting claims anymore even for Vietnam Vets. Only terminally ill vets, homeless, or going to be homeless are expedited, so it took DAV 5 months to get my claim into the system because they trashed it the first time because they are a corrupt organization. Mr. Edwards in St. Louis for DAV got Mr Stephen Kelly his 12 years of retro pay in one week without even filing a claim, the way I read it. Dan Knabe For DAV got Mike Franko’s claim “Expedited” after he had been denied once already, also got him service Connected, got his retro pay, and got him a job with DAV
  23. Hey Guys, Several Questions on Agent Orange. 1. Does getting registered on the Agent Orange Registry hurt, help, or otherwise affect any future disability claim? 2. Do I need to file/open a claim in order to be on the Agent Orange Registry? 3. Do I need, or is it good, to take the physical the 'Agent Orange Registry Health Exam' ? 4. What should I expect? 5. Would applying for the 'Agent Orange Registry and Subsequent Health Exam' , jeopardize any 'Intent to File' submitted? 6. any other suggestions?
  24. I had a brief comment at my profile from a new member. I will let everyone know ASAP if the Seceretary adds anymore new presumptives to the AO list. Also any vet with bladder cancer who fits into the Camp LeJeune regs here: https://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/claims-postservice-exposures-camp-lejeune-water.asp should file the claim that way. Also if an IMO IME doctor ( an oncologist) makes a very strong nexus for the bladder cancer ,having no etiology but for AO exposure, and uses some medical abstracts/treatises to bolster that statement the veteran might succee
  25. 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
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