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My friend is a vn vet (68-69) and has CAD and had a stent put in with 95% blockage at the time.He hasn't been to a doctor for a couple of years because of the cost of treatment. Can he file for disability (A0)) for it and what are his chances of getting it? (percentage) I told him to go to the DAV and file,will they get his medical records from his doctor?

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You are right, that he can file and should file. A good bud of mine just died, he was a Korean and Vietnam war vet. He had Diabetes and Multiple stents due to AO, and he was rated 100% IU. He better file soon, and hope he has good records.

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Your friend should make an appointment with a cardiologist ASAP. If he doesn't, he may not live to collect disability. His CAD could have worsened over the past two years.

If he was boots on the ground in Vietnam or served on a vessel in the waterways of Vietnam he should be approved for disability compensation due to his agent orange exposure. All he needs is his military records showing proof of his Vietnam service and a detailed diagnosis letter from a cardiologist. I would suggest that your friend have his cardiologist complete a VA DBQ (Disability Benefit Questionnaire) which can be found on the VA.gov website. Since this is a presumptive disease a nexus letter should not be necessary. His rating will depend on the severity of his CAD. If he doesn't have the ability to submit a claim on his own he should seek assistance from a veteran's service organization. Good luck to your friend and please convince him to see a cardiologist immediately.

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