Jump to content
VA Disability Claims Community Forums - HadIt.com Veterans
  • veterans-crisis-line.jpg
    The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.


  • question-001.jpeg

    Have Questions? Get Answers.

    Tips on posting on the forums.

    1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery instead of ‘I have a question.
    2. Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title.
      I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
    3. Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
      Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
    Leading too:

    exclamation-point.pngPost straightforward questions and then post background information.
    • Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
      • Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
    Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
    • Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
      • See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
    Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial of your claim?”
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. This process does not take long.
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. The review requirement will usually be removed by the 6th post. However, we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.
    • This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before hitting the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims, and this helps us do that.
  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • VA Watchdog

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

  • 0

Where Was Ao Sprayed



New system tracks Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam

Between 1961 and 1971 U.S. military forces in Vietnam dispersed more than 19 million gallons of herbicidal agents, including more than 12 million gallons of Agent Orange. A large number of the American men and women who fought in the Vietnam War were exposed, but the health effects still are not fully known.

Now, as part of a study at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH), researchers have developed a geographic information system to accurately estimate these exposures—analyzing the relationships among herbicide spraying, geography, population, and troop location. The study, led by Dr Jeanne M. Stellman, professor of clinical health policy and management at MSPH, and Dr. Steven D. Stellman, professor of clinical epidemiology at MSPH, was published in the March issue of Environmental Health Perspectives.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the abstract, contact Stephanie Berger at 212-305-4372 or sb2247@columbia.edu.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Answers 5
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters For This Question

Top Posters For This Question

5 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

Cybersarge has spraying maps:


That first map is only from fixed wing aircraft.

These vets narrowed it all down to the gallons estimated as sprayed on various parts of Vietnam:


Edited by Berta (see edit history)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • HadIt.com Elder

As long as you stepped ashore in RVN you are considered exposed to AO. I know the Blue Water Navy has a good claim for AO exposure and the VA is fighting it. No one knows where all the AO was sprayed but areas in III Core got the most I believe from the maps. All around the major US bases like Da Nang and Ben Hoa got the most which makes sense since the idea was to defoliate cover for the NVA and VC.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

AH... I have a question about this too. My husband was in Guam in the mid 70's. They have lots of stuff about the dioxin in the soil in Guam --as well as all kinds of stuff in the water. I know Lane Evans had worked to get the records released on herbicides used in Guam -- but I don't think they have ever released them. Yeah...it is a big issue for national security -- the kinds of herbicides used in Guam in the 70's.

I have seen a couple of cases approved by the BVA for AO exposure in Guam (just because it is not a presumption doesn't mean you can't prove it.)

My husband's SOC stated that he was not in Vietnam and therefore gets no presumption for AO.

Should we address this? Should we at least mention the allegations of AO in Guam -- and the ASTR reports that showed heavy dioxin in the soil at Andersen AFB in the 90's --

This is a report on one of their sites.

Groundwater: TCE and PCE were detected. BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene) were present at concentrations up to 7,200 ppb at levels above CVs.Soil: Dioxins (up to 19,000 ppm), VOCs (up to 109 ppm), SVOCs (up to 6.8 ppm), TPH, pesticides, and metals were detected at levels above CVs. .

So --in order to protect that issue, in case the Government ever decides to admit they used AO in Guam (and it didn't just "appear" at the military bases on its own) -- we might be able to claim retro in some way.

I was thinking something about after focusing on the asbestos -- Agreeing that he had not been in Vietnam -- but including a statement that since there is no safe level for carcinogens that the probably exposure to AO, herbicides, pesticides, etc. in Guam could not be ruled out as contributing to the subsequent development of his cancer.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • In Memoriam

Just a little science here.

Yankee Station was between Da Nang and the Paracel Islands.

Tonkin Gulf was in NVN.

Carriers stayed almost a year on Cruise. If you will notice in this weeks VN forecast the winds travel N, NNW, NW, SE, and East. In other words the AO carried out to sea many miles in the Tonkin Gulf and Yankee Station. I have pictures of the haze and VN coast. Blue water Vets lived in this atmosphere.

We didn't change our Fatigues for weeks at a time. We were only allowed 2 minutes of water in the shower. One minute soap down, one minute with water off, one minute rinse. This was called a '3 minute shower'. Many did not shower for days.


One week forecast of Da Nang VNM

Weather mapsloading...6:00 AM 11/14/2006 GMTAnimated mapsStop

View all Đà Nang, VNM maps


Detailed weather forecast °F | °C

Day Forecast Description Precip chance


Nov 14

Details Sprinkles

Hi: 86° Lo: 71°

Day: Cloudy with drizzle. High 86F, humidity 60%. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.


Night: Mostly clear skies. Low 71F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.



Nov 15

Details Fair

Hi: 86° Lo: 71°

Day: Mostly clear skies. High 86F, humidity 65%. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.


Night: Mostly clear skies. Low 71F. Winds light.



Nov 16 Clear

Hi: 86° Lo: 72°

Sunny skies. High 86F and low 72F. Winds light.



Nov 17 Clear

Hi: 87° Lo: 72°

Sunny skies. High 87F and low 72F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.



Nov 18 Clear

Hi: 87° Lo: 71°

Sunny skies. High 87F and low 71F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Rod said he was doused in Ashau when the planes sprayed it.USMC 65-66.

It stayed on his fatigues for weeks on maneuvers. He said it would obliterate a whole jungle in days.

The idea was to prevent jungle cover. But the enemy was often underground in tunnels.My daughter was at Chu chi and got in them. She was amazed - these were well prepared storerooms, with weapons caches, bathrooms, ventilation systems, medical areas, food storage, and intelligence depots-for miles and miles.

Rod's buddy who he met when he worked at the VA was Army Blackhorse Vietnam and he thought it was mosquito spray that got on him.I said do you really think our gov sent millions of gallons of mosquito spray to Nam? Think about it- that had to be AO. He really didnt think it was.This vet is 100% plus SMC today due to AO cancer.

Someone here thought I was nuts about a year ago when I too mentioned the wind and weather patterns over Vietnam and the contamination of the waterways and Yankee Station-

Haas proved the point- this stuff continues to affect the Vietnamese environment-it was airborne but soluable in water.

Up here in NY farmers now have to be certified to use large quantities of sprayed weed killers and herbicides like Round up.

I think Dow Chem got off cheap.

Edited by Berta (see edit history)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

This topic is now closed to further replies.
  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines