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DaNang RVN '69-'70. Plasmacytoma (Multiple Myeloma) presumptive for Agent Orange exposure. How would it be rated with appliances installed for tumor and damge resection. Should be service related.

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You bet:

"FINDINGS OF FACT

1. The veteran was exposed to Agent Orange while serving in

Vietnam.

2. The medical evidence reflects that the veteran's

postoperative plasmacytoma is a variant of multiple myeloma,

and is likely related to his Agent Orange exposure."

from BVA decision: http://www.va.gov/vetapp08/files2/0815605.txt

I see you get 100% now- what is that for?

To get SMC for this it would have to be rated at 60% or more and an independent condition from the 100%.

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You bet:

"FINDINGS OF FACT

1. The veteran was exposed to Agent Orange while serving in

Vietnam.

2. The medical evidence reflects that the veteran's

postoperative plasmacytoma is a variant of multiple myeloma,

and is likely related to his Agent Orange exposure."

from BVA decision: http://www.va.gov/vetapp08/files2/0815605.txt

I see you get 100% now- what is that for?

To get SMC for this it would have to be rated at 60% or more and an independent condition from the 100%.

the 100% is SSDI not VA...I am beginning the app process for VA

Thanks for citation...I am using that in document set of app. It directly applies except that the Plasmacytoma was resected and caused the disability

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What is the SSA disability award for?

If it is completely for the multiple melanoma, then you should apply for VA comp at the 100% rate-

were you ever hospitalized for 21 days in a row for anything to do with treatment of the melonoma or it's residuals?

Do you have a vet rep?

The VA know full well that this condition is AO presumptive in any vet who served in Vietnam.

Have you formally filed out a 21-526 yet?

If not- I suggest you attach a TDIU form to it as well- if the SSA is solely for the melanoma.

I will attach if yuou need this form.

In the claim ask the VA to apply the provisions of the Nehmer COurt Order and Stipulation.

The date of any retro comp they owe you will be the date that you file this claim.

You sure might be able to squeeze one more year of comp out of them if the SSA award is solely for the melonoma-

and If they ever denied you on this exact claim for SC in the past -you might be entitled to some mega bucks-in retro- hard to say- not enough info here yet-

You sure need to file thios claim ASAP and will need to file a 21-526 if you never filed claim with VA before.

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PS- this vet got 100% for multiple myeloma due to radiation exposure- this isnt an AO claim- but the criteria for ratings for this disability are found in this decision:

http://www.va.gov/vetapp96/files3/9622751.txt

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geee another PS- I think of things after the fact-

Veteran if this condition causes you erectile dysfunction (you dont have to tell us if it does) make sure the claim includes your request for the SMC "k" award-for SC of ED due to the SC condition.

This adds about 85-90 bucks to the monthly comp award.

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geee another PS- I think of things after the fact-

Veteran if this condition causes you erectile dysfunction (you dont have to tell us if it does) make sure the claim includes your request for the SMC "k" award-for SC of ED due to the SC condition.

This adds about 85-90 bucks to the monthly comp award.

berta, Fortunatley no ED here...!

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