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  1. I'm assisting my Vietnam-era uncle with his VA Disability claim for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and small cell carcinoma of the lung related to working with petro-chemicals and asbestos while serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Pawcatuck. The claim was filed in August 2020 and was denied 12/9/2020. My uncle was diagnosed with bone and brain cancer in August 2020. They denied his claim for asbestos due to them not finding any scarring on his lungs. The problem I have is that they made no mention of the chemicals he used to work with aboard the ship and claimed his job (Boatswains mate) would not come in contact with any kind of these chemicals. We will file a NOD but I'm looking for any assistance with veterans that have successfully won their disability claims due to working with petro chemicals. Thanks in advance.
  2. McClatchy Investigators asked the VA for cancer information among the VA patients via FOIA request. Now the VA says "Wrong Data" because cancer rates are skewed (elevated), you should use this data. VA has a problem with numbers: How many homeless veterans? How many veteran suicides? How many veterans are waiting for care? https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article236421513.html
  3. I am the primary caregiver for my father. He is a Vietnam Vet, recently diagnosed with a presumptive disease, multiple myeloma. I went through a VSO to file a disability claim on his behalf. She listed his myeloma, along with other health conditions on his application. We faxed all requested health records and needed information. He has now been told he needs to go to two different C & P exams. My father is unable to complete these exams due to his physical condition and extremely compromised immune system. He is in the middle of an intense chemo cycle. It is extremely difficult to get him to his chemo appointment once a week in a cancer center. We can not risk him getting an illness from visiting one of these appointed sites. I believe these C & P exams are likely for the conditions listed by the VSO other than his cancer. Can his claim possibly be approved , considering he has a presumptive disease, if we cancel these appointments?
  4. Has anyone had a claim either granted or denied for Stage 0 Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2017 or 2018?
  5. I have been reading Hadit.com for support during these last 19 months while I waited for the VA decision. I am an Iraq Veteran. I was rated 50% for PTSD in 2005. 19 months ago in 2012 I was diagnosed with Gallbladder Cancer. I filed a claim for an increase in PTSD, and for cancer. December 2013 I was increased to 70% PTSD and 20% for surgical scars secondary to the cancer. Combined rating 80%. I got 0% for the cancer, but they did give me a service connection for it. My oncologist, and my service record, made a convincing argument that helped establish the service connection. I couldn't work anymore and I just received a 100% IU Total & Permanent. It took 19 months start to finish from when I applied, after the cancer diagnosis. I experienced some stress during the wait for their decision. At this point I am grateful to many of the people in the VA, my Congressional Representative's staff, my VSO, and my Oncologist, for the help they've given me. I know I am a very lucky man.
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