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  1. Almost took two years to finally get a decision I have been given a rating of NOT SERVICE CONNECTED for all 7 of my claims. I'm hoping others are receiving better outcomes, this time around I had gone through a lawyer thinking that may help, but at this point not really. Next steps will be to appeal unfortunately since there is a massive backlog of claims. But when the VA cannot make a reasonable determination, this is what happens. One thing I will point out if it helps others, these claims did not have to do during a time I was deployed over seas. Could this be a reason why I was denied completely, who knows this game is very subjective. My other disabilities I have received were from overseas service, and I had actually applied for them myself, no help from law firm. I also have been working a veteran who also received a NOT SERVICE CONNECTED decision not only for his issues he was being treated for throughout his military service, but he also got denied for Tinnitus. Very surprising, maybe VA is working on budgeting, deny a bunch of claims, budget looks better. I even have my deceased fathers claim which has been ongoing for almost 2 yrs and my family are waiting for a decision there for the sake of my mother receiving the benefits she is entitled too. For our OLDER veterans to go through this crap process is horrible to see and for their widow to to have to standby for way too long wondering if they will received benefits needs to change. Just sharing my experiences, hoping you others have a better outcome.
  2. Anyone know of an individual whom I can speak to who can get more information about my claims? It’s being held up and no one knows why from the VA 1-800 number does anyone have an insider that can help? Thank You
  3. Hi, I have a question concerning my benefit claim. I have been diagnosed with Multi Myeloma, Hearing loss, chronic back pain, etc. I served in Vietnam on a blue water ship. Even though I was a Blue Water Sailor, my VSO insisted that I file my claim for AO, I received a letter from the DVA concerning my claim they want "evidence my ship was in the inland waterways of Vietnam or I went ashore, docked in Da Nang harbor" Yes, my ship( USS Hornet CVS 12) was in the territorial waters of Vietnam, and yes I have proof of that, deck logs. In doing the research for the information needed. I remembered being at Treasure Island in San Francisco. I was there for 2 months in 1966. I also have my service records that show my orders that ordered me to Treasure Island. I found the barrack I was in, it is located in one of the heavy radiation areas. The illness of Multi Myeloma is presumptive for AO. In a recent document about Multi Myeloma from the American Cancer Society dated 05/2015, it says that Radiation is the primary cause of Multi Myeloma. When I was diagnosed with Multi Myeloma and still today, Drs ask me if I had been exposed to a lot of Radiation. After doing the research I feel my illness might be from Radiation and Solvents I was exposed to on the ships. Radiation from Treasure Island, and Hunters Point, my carrier docked there several times I got off and on the ship for shore leave. Solvents, from cleaning bilges in the engine room and other items. My question is with the new information I have just found out, how should I proceed in including the radiation exposure, concerning my claim? Do I include it now? Wait until it is rejected for Vietnam AO, give them the information about where My ship was in Vietnam and hope for the best. I don't know what to do. My VSO says No don't submit the radiation info it will just prolong the claim. I think he might be right about prolong it, but on the other hand it might help if it is put in right away. Any input on this would be helpful
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