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  1. I recently received a "Service connection for myeloma multiple is denied" rating decision. I visited my local Disabled American Veterans chapter and they are in the process of helping me submit a VA Form 20-0995 Decision Review Request: Supplemental Claim. My purpose for posting in this forum is to ask for advice on how to appropriately present my supplemental information; more specifically, are there "magical" words I should be using in my Nexus letter? I retired from the Air Force after 24 years on active duty (1987-2011). I was stationed in Minot, ND (pesticides to mitigate mosquitos) and Korea (pollution and Chinese yellow dust); and also was deployed to Afghanistan. I was a missileer in Minot, and spent 200 alerts over 4 years underground in a capsule with air and sewage problems. I retired in Colorado Springs. I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on 20 Feb 20 and received a stem cell transplant on 22 Jul 20. My current life expectancy based on my Kappa Free Light Chains number is 6-10 years. My Colorado Springs oncologist wrote a letter for my VA disability application. Part of it reads, "There are there are multiple etiologies/contributing risk factors for multiple myeloma and it is hard to pin-point one single event that could have caused his cancer. It is very possible Mark was exposed to something prior to his retirement in April 2011 that caused the cancer. It is possible during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2009 or his multiple trips to Korea he was exposed to a cancer-causing agent, but we cannot conclude this definitively at this time." It's impossible to narrow down the cause of multiple myeloma to one event or deployment. In fact, my Denver oncologist asked me if I had grown up on a farm. So it seems the trigger for multiple myeloma could have happened many years ago, and the cancer then manifested itself last year. Bottom line, I find it hard to believe my multiple myeloma was triggered in the past 10 years of retirement and not in the previous 24 years on active duty. I'm going to visit my Denver oncologist on 13 July (who is a multiple myeloma specialist) and ask him to write a letter to the VA. I don't want him to misrepresent my condition or the cause for my cancer, but I want to be able to use the correct words to try to strengthen my disability case. Thanks for reading this all the way to the end. Mark
  2. My husband was a crew chief on F-16 fighter jets. He was stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Japan. In 2000 he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and in 2001 he had a bone marrow transplant. He was forced to retire from his career because they said he was unfit to serve world wide because his cancer is incurable and he would need to be monitored regularly. We started the journey to apply for benefits in 2000 and have been denied multiple times. We finally hired an attorney who is very experienced with this type of matter. We are at the stage where we will appeal to a higher stage. If that doesn't work, we'll go to the hearing stage. I cannot believe they deny AO was at Kadena. My husband saw it being sprayed around buildings for weed control and he actually at times sprayed the area. We also included another area where he could have become ill. He handled jet fuel almost everyday for over 20 years, which could have contributed to his situation. That's our story. Our attorney believes we will win. I hope he is right. I just don't understand why thus has been so difficult.
  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. I have multiple myeloma and was constantly around benzene while in the navy. Also, I was stationed at NAS Willow Grove which is now an EPA Superfund site because of all the chemicals found in the soil and drinking water. My oncologist won't give me a letter because it hasn't been proven that benzene causes MM. Any suggestions?
  5. I'm putting together further evidence to show service connection for disability for multiple myeloma based on contact with TCE's and Benzene on the flight line 91-97. Min addition to photos, lay witness statements and a nexus letter from my oncologist, can I also submit a previous des soon by a VA judge advocate dated 2012? In that decsision the judge found in favor of a Marine who worked on the flight line in 91-92 at El Toro. He was in NBC and had contact with benzene also and had multiple myeloma. This is basically the same as my claim only a different MOS. thanks.
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