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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 same disease as parkinson's, the only difference is the timing and order in which symptoms appear. I have seen that very few LBD patients have made successful Agent Orange claims, and most seek a diagnosis of Parkinsons or PDD in order to qualify. If anyone has experience in how this works I'd love to hear about it and I have some specific questions.
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