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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.

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Hello Ms.Berta,

    You used a couple of acronyms I'm not familiar with, my father was remarried and his wife had passed year prior. So I handled his burial through the VA, as he passed in warrior walk. He was at chanute AFB, Rantoul, Illinois, Lackland AFB TX MPLS and entered at AFEES FT Hamilton NY 71. His specialty number was 92010-Aircrew Pret Hlpr .  He did have some claims that where denied, I plan to resubmit before the end of Feb-Mar 2019. He passed march 26, 2018, so it will be no later than prior to the anniversary of his passing. 

In addition, since up loading the #216842172-AF-Memo-1-30-79 I did a google search for additional verification of Charles E. Thalken, Lt Col USAF VC, Chief, Environmental Assessment Branch   and on page 70-73 of the A129254 Nov 29, 1979 Veterinary claims  gives his opinion and AF credentials     see:  https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a129254.pdf

 

It seems Thalken in his position in the AF, was a leading duty expert so to speak. Thank you. 

 

 

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I have a subsequent pdf he was part of:

https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a062143.pdf      263 Pags , the main author being Alvin Young- whose work many of us were familiar with in the 1990s. and more recently.

I have not been able to open the download you posted yet.

"on page 70-73 of the A129254 Nov 29, 1979 Veterinary claims  gives his opinion and AF credentials "

The very first Thailand AO vet (I know him well and he has retired from claims advocacy) former hadit member Kurt Priessman)

was a security guard dog handler in Thailand and noticed,with alarm, how many of the dogs walking the base perimeter with him, would suddenly become ill and die.Years after his service he developed AO disabilities -that VA denied , yet he aggressivel y researched the issue and he is directly responsible for  the VA's Thailand AO regulations, that have helped MANY Thailand vets gain their proper compensation.

You need to do what he did:

Prove the base had AO on it, (this could come from inquiries to their acquisition office)

Prove his MOS had  put him into direct contact with it, 

( his SMRs and specifically his Mlitary personnel file might help)

Prove his type of cancer is an AO presumptive ( I assume you have already determined that via the AO Presumptive list.

It might help if you find his Unit's web site-and a unit history.

VA does not hold to the past theories published long ago on AO.

There is more recent info on Chanute:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-08-31/officials-dispute-claim-agent-orange-chanute.html

 

 

and other info if you put Chanute Agent Orange into the google search feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Capone you mentioned help with acronyms:

https://www.hadit.com/va-claims-glossary-definitions-abbreviations-terms/

I did use MOS above ( which my USAF veteran daughter always corrects me on) -I meant what was his inservice duty designation.

DIC -Dependency Indemnity Compensation-

I do not see how it would apply to your issue, as your mother is deceased.

I  am an Agent Orange widow.

DIC applies to any survivor ( spouse and/ or children under 18) whose veteran spouse ( or parent) died directly due to service.(there are other reasons as well, available here under a search.

Agent Orange is different- Nehmer 2010 grants retroactive benefits to the Next of kin-- if there is no survivivg spouse, in some cases, not all. We have a wealth of info here on that.

CONUS Continental United States.

I am unsure what type of monetary benefit you would be eligible for, even with a finding of AO death.

Widows like me were eligible for accrued benefits,under provisions of Footnote One Nehmer.2010.

If VA had denied an AO claim in the past for your father, can you scan and post here the denial and evidence list?

Cover the C file #, name, address prior to scanning it.

Many of us here are hard core claimants- meaning we had to research and find evidence ourselves that would support our claims.

In your case research seems to be the only answer and you seem willing to do it.

Use FOIA if you have to- FOIA brought me some seredenpidious evidence for one of my claims, as well as helped win the first ADA discrimination case here in NY for my husband.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and DOD , Branches of Mil etc. etc might well have their own FOIA template on line at their main site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greeting s Ms.Berta,

 Thank you, my father did not have a file for AO, it was for other claims. Truthfully, I do not think I will be successful in any monetary claim and that's why I uploaded the documents I came across online in hopes someone else may benefit by there use with their claims. I did submit a AF FOIA request in regards to my fathers AF Specialty and its function at chanute AFB. Thank you enjoy your day,     

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http://www.japantime...20120214zg.html

“By JON MITCHELL

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded two more former service members compensation for exposure to Agent Orange while serving on Okinawa during the 1960s and '70s.

An army truck driver who came into contact with the dioxin-tainted defoliant as he unloaded barrels at Naha Port in 1966 is receiving benefits for lung cancer attributed to his exposure. The second veteran, a former marine stationed on the island in the early 1970s, developed Hodgkin's lymphoma and type 2 diabetes mellitus as a result of his work with contaminated military equipment shipped to Okinawa from the war in Vietnam, the VA ruled.”

The article mentions one other award which I posted at hadit some time ago. There is a possible 4th award too.

The above veteran proved exposure to AO and also proved it was where he said he came in contact with it.

These claims are very difficult to succeed in-then again I know the vet who proved AO in Thailand and since then VA has service connected many Thailand vets to AO. This vet also was instrumental in the VA development of the Thailand VA Directive.Also the first Conus AO vet succeeded too.Both of these vets are members of hadit and relentlessly sought evidence.

The AO CONUS vet told me he even went back to Fort Gordon a few times (where he proved his exposure) to gather any info he could.

So nothing is impossible at all with VA.

But these claims take a lot of hard work.Kurt Priessman ,the Thailand vet, published considerable research he did, on the net ,for others to use.

VA doesn't care abut any Superfund designation. They need proof that AO was used stored or tested where the vet was, and then the veteran, via their MOS, must prove the exposure.

In the case of the 2 vets I mentioned above, they used documented statements of AO ( that info is here from the DOD) of the presense of the AO at their location and then their inservice duties put them on the perimeters of the military base or Fort and that is where it was ,because as likely as not, the perimeters were sprayed with AO.

I dont recall Chanute being on the list of confirmed areas AO was used on but that info is here available under a search-

I posted it some time ago as the link to the DOD's statement on use of herbicides outside of Vietnam.

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