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Hey I am new to the forum currently going through the stages like the rest of us all. I am trying to help my Cousin also. He is A Vietnam Vet who has an old paper ID card from the 70s that has his two 10% rattings. He has tried to use this as proff of his SC illness and both are documented but no one can tell us How to go back and find the stuff we need any help let us know. He is eat up with Agent Orange sypmtoms so I try to stay positive. He is trying to get the VA to to check him for Agent Orange but they always put him off. He was river patrol support ship so they were always close in. Me My claim is simple my heart is bad. So If any of you can help him shout out to me he does not do the e-mail.....

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Hey I am new to the forum currently going through the stages like the rest of us all. I am trying to help my Cousin also. He is A Vietnam Vet who has an old paper ID card from the 70s that has his two 10% rattings. He has tried to use this as proff of his SC illness and both are documented but no one can tell us How to go back and find the stuff we need any help let us know. He is eat up with Agent Orange sypmtoms so I try to stay positive. He is trying to get the VA to to check him for Agent Orange but they always put him off. He was river patrol support ship so they were always close in. Me My claim is simple my heart is bad. So If any of you can help him shout out to me he does not do the e-mail.....

Welcome to Hadit,

I am sure the others will come in and answer your questions. We have some Agent Orange experts on the site.

Betty

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Is your cousin receiving a compensation payment from the VA?

His old paper ID should have the same #C file number that the VA currently uses. A request for records under the FOIA act is a good place to start.

As for general heart conditions being associated with A.O. exposure.

The government funded study of the Army personnel known to have worked with A.O. (ranch hand) showed an increased incidence of heart related problems. However the VA has never publicly acknowledged that any relationship exists.

The VA does (reluctantly) acknowledge a relationship between Diabetes and cardio related disease. One problem is that the heart problems may occur long before a formal diabetes diagnosis is made. Currently, government sponsored/recognized medical institutions are saying that the cardio related problems may occur up to ten years before diabetes is formally diagnosed.

Welcome to Hadit,

I am sure the others will come in and answer your questions. We have some Agent Orange experts on the site.

Betty

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273, I do not understand that if your cousin has asked for an AO exam why he can't get one. I had the exam at the Battle Creek Michigan VA Medical Center and I sent three other veterans to there to get their AO exams.

In Battle Creek the phone number is 1-888-214-1247, ask for EXT 33853 and schedule the exam. The clinic is called The Enviromental Clinic.

In short I would recommend to #1 be polite, #2 be aggressive. After the exam go to the Release of Information office and get a copy of the exam and turn any findings into claims. Good luck. Terry Sturgis

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The AGent Orange reistry exam is just that- an exam- it does not trigger an AO claim-

I just posted info under Claims Research yesterday on the Mobile attorney clinic in Battlecreek-maybe they could help here- but he has to file a formal claim for AO disability-

"He is A Vietnam Vet who has an old paper ID card from the 70s that has his two 10% rattings. He has tried to use this as proff of his SC illness and both are documented but no one can tell us How to go back and find the stuff we need any help let us know"

When he re-opens his claim the VA will get his c file out of storage and it will be available for him to copy-

Do these two SC ratings involve AO at all?

If his claimed disability is not on the presumptive list-he will need a super dooper expert Environmental specialist to opine on whether AO caused his problems.

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