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  1. I saw this article in the new News Section Tbird has put here: https://vanews.wpengine.com/ https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/42619109/widow-of-vietnam-era-veteran-appealing-denial-of-claim-by-va In part: "Veterans Affairs states there’s no record of a cancer diagnosis while Richard served in the 1960s nor is there evidence of exposure to herbicides. “They actually want a photo of him standing by this particular plane that he guarded, however, that’s not possible because he was in a high-secured area,” Mary said. So tying the discovery of Agent Orange barrels to where Richard’s unit was stationed is strategic to the appeal." The VA wants to identify what planes he had worked on in Okinawa. It is unfortunate that often widows do not recall things their husband discussed with them, about their service, that could become highly relevant to a successful DIC claim, after they pass. ," that’s not possible because he was in a high-secured area,” Mary said." from the above link- but a highly secured area would be an ideal place for the AO to have been sprayed. I assume he worked close to the flight line. In the large stack of paperwork in the photo-I hope it includes the veterans SMRs and Personnel file. It often pays for veterans to try to find their unit buddies in their lifetime- if not for a VA claim, for the comradery. And one never knows when a unit buddy can help turn a denied claim around ,for living, and even deceased veterans.
  2. I am looking for anyone who was on Kadena AFB, Okinawa or .Chanute AFB, IL. My dad was there from Oct. 68-April 70. He has ichemic heart disease, diabetes which has resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee and peripheral neuropathy. We were denied in 2002 AMVETS filed a claim on his behalf for heart condition, diabetes and back problems. I refiled in December 2011 and have just received the claim statements and medical release forms. I am familiar with filling out this paper work because my husband is a combat veteran of Iraqi Freedom. I have been reading articles from the Japan times and I am a member of the Agent Orange Okinawa facebook page. Another thing that helps make my dad's case is that he was on Chanute AFB, IL and it is on the EPA Superfund list and has PCBs/Pesticides and Dioxins/Furans listed as ground and water contaminants. I welcome any advice, tips or articles that I may have missed in my own research.
  3. On Appeal Remand: Sleep apnea, Vascular Disease, Sciatic Nerve Paralysis, Cerebral sinus Thrombosis and amputation of right leg, below the knee. After 4 failed bypass procedures on my LEFT leg, my vascular doctors-VA and Civilian, have told me that amputation of my remaining {LEFT} leg is imminent! It will happen once the blood flow to my leg becomes so reduced that I will no longer be able to withstand the pain and/or when my leg literally begins to die which will lead to gangrene and possibly sepsis. CLOSED and GRANTED: Anxiety disorder. {50% rating} DENIED: Traumatic cataract, Coronary Artery Disease, Arterial Aneurysm, Penile Deformity and DIABETES II, of all things!! And for some reason, they put on finger amputation which I NEVER claimed--I have all of my fingers! I worked on Naha port loading and unloading ships with AGENT ORANGE and MANY other barrels that were leaking or broken open. In addition, I visited Kadena AFB frequently. I remember the names of 2 of the ships I regularly unloaded--One was the Comet, and the other was the Trans Global. There were others that I can't recall, and I have not found any info as far as cargo with the 2 I do remember. I am hoping that other Vets that were there can send me letters to verify that's what happened everyday, and I will do the same for them! I can not believe that the VA will not will not say that Agent Orange, and multiple other chemical barrels were on Okinawa. I SAW them. I unloaded them--I worked in clothes all day long that were soaked in these chemicals, and I truly have HAD IT! John48 ** Here is a brief list of my medical conditions: DIABETES MELLITUS TYPE II; 5 HEART ATTACKS--the first was in the late 80's; SKIN CANCER--not yet claimed as I only found out from a VA dermatologist about 3 years ago; 4 STROKES--the first 2 happened in the mid-late '80's, when I was age 40-41,still active duty stateside. The last 2 happened in November 2016, one on November 1, the other one on November 16 while I was in the hospital for the stroke that happened 2 weeks earlier. These strokes have greatly damaged my short-term memory; OPEN-HEART CARDIAC BYPASS SURGERY--2008; 21+ STENTS in my heart, legs, and right arm; COUNTLESS ANGIOGRAMS AND ANGIOPLASTIES; NEOPLASMS being removed from my face/back; PERIPHREAL NEUROPATHY-FINGERS/TOES. * I have left some things out, but what I listed gives everyone an idea. Like ALL of my Brothers and Sisters, I dedicated my life to serve my country. For me, it was 23 years in the Army. I do not want pity; I want JUSTICE for all of us! I have been fighting to get my benefits for 10 years, with ZERO assistance from the VA. * In addition to all of this, my wife and I may be homeless in 2 months as a result of Hurricane Irma in 2017, and a verbal contract that was broken by our mortgage servicer. Some days we just feel like giving up.
  4. Hello to all here on the forums. I am writing to inquire if anyone has any good insight or perhaps even any suggestions about how to explore Agent Orange claims for children and/or grandchildren of veterans exposed to Agent Orange. My mother was stationed in Okinawa from 1974 until 1977. She and my father were both stationed together on separate orders there at the time. She was actually pregnant with me, and I was born there in July of 1978. My mom passed away from complications of Multiple Myeloma in 2012. While she never received monetary benefits from the VA, I do know that she was receiving medical care from the VA relating to her Myeloma diagnosis for at least 5 years post her initial diagnosis. I surmise it was their way of quietly handling her claim that she had been exposed to Agent Orange while serving. I am not even sure how to begin looking into claims on my behalf, however, my concern lies more so with my children. I have two who suffer from a laundry list of issues, OCD, Depression, Asthma in my older child, as well as an Autism Diagnoses and Severe Anxiety Disorder diagnoses for my youngest child. I myself struggle with some mental health concerns, as well, along with early onset Type 2 diabetes. I have been reluctant to pursue any sort of claim on my behalf, due to the fact that my grandparents, (also veterans who have served in in places like Korea,), were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their late 60s. My diagnoses however was in my early 30s. Though, I can not say for certain that it may have some family link. However, with my children, I do have questions and concerns. We have no history or genetic dispositions for Autism in our family, and the fact that there are so many issues with both of my children, coupled by the fact that my mother was pregnant with me during the time she was in Okinawa, and it has been subtly acknowledged by the VA that she was exposed, leaves me unsettled. Any thoughts or suggestions on where I should start? In my son's case he requires a significant amount of care and supports due to his Autism. Thank you so much for your help or input!
  5. I am a medically retired Marine.... Service connected is 100%.... PTSD, TBI, Perennial Nerve damage, drop foot.... and all the accessory aches and pains that go along with it... I was a Sergeant before my accident but now just regular guy with a limp. I have a lot of experience assisting people with V.A. matters but, my knowledge only extends to what I have gone through. I am willing to assist anyone that needs help... even off-line. If you are in Japan and just need someone to talk to, contact me. I believe in Vets helping Vets. I do not charge to help with anything related to your service and entitlements. But, if you need me to help you move..... I have to charge you gas money.... Anyways, I know that there are a lot of people that got out of the military in Japan. And even though there is a heavy military presence we can never get help. Many of you may need hospital recommendations or just help explaining your injury.... let me know and I will do what I can.
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