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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, should the Lung cancer claim go fairly quickly? Also if I understand what I've read it that they will put him at 100% during treatment and then six months after all treatment they will reevaluate him. Does that mean they will take it all away or do they just lower the lung cancer rating? Based on what? Thank you.
Lost and confused... In the big bad VA world... Ask three people, get three different answers... This is a long post, but it wanted to be all inclusive On behalf of my Vietnam Veteran father, USAF, Decorated rescue helicopter pilot, 21 years... I ask the following series of questions, that I am unable to get a "clear" answer from any person on the other end of a phone at a VA call center or RO, or VSO. Sometimes I feel like I know more than they do?! Help....... He has been rated 100% SC P and T for 2 years for CAD, following placement of 3rd stint, after many years at combined rating 60% for hypertension, tinnitus, perforation of ear drum, mastoiditis. Two months prior to the 100% rating he developed AO related limited stage Small cell lung cancer. He was temporarily rated at an additional 100% for this during treatment for 6 months., housebound also awarded for six months. After the 6 months he was dropped to 0% due to lack of diseases present. He NEVER went in for any follow up C & P exam for " residuals" of the cancer treatments, both chemo and 10 brain stem radiation PCI treatments. He was feeling "good" and was happy to be beating this horrible odds cancer. I wasn't in the loop about how he followed up with his medical care until most recently, as his condition , 2 1/2 years past treatment now has begun to deteriorate on all levels, physical, cognitive and mental. He now has bowel and bladder incontinence , mobility limitations (walker), soon wheelchair,, and difficulty with communication and speech ( almost Parkinsonism in nature), COPD, asthma , non diabetic Peripheral neuropathy and Oxygen therapy 24 hours a day at 2L at rest. Seems like a no brainer, Problem being.... Aside from the incontinence (which in and of itself is demoralizing for him) , he had pre existing degrees of all the conditions listed that we're not on file at the VA because he didn't think they were service connected , but NOW they are debilitating and most certainly exacerbated by the "temporary" service connected active lung cancer and treatment., now rated at 0%. I have requests out to his private sector doctors for records as well as applicable DBQ's , as well as a housebound and aid and attendance form completed by his primary care physician. So finally to my ultimate question, are these secondary to his lung cancer disease or residuals, ? Which form(s) should we file, use Ebenefits. ? , FDC? Everyone I have spoken to on the "help" lines gives me a different answer,,, this is my favorite,.. " he's already rated at 100%, you can't get anymore than that"? WHAT ?! How about SMC, housing grants (SC respiratory conditions), added conditions for eventual DIC for spouse.? Etc.... Am I crazy or headed in the right direction? He spent over 1000 days in Vietnam flying through Agent Orange in a helicopter., ....I need... Help.. Thank you