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I have an 82 year old aunt, whose husband died mysteriously after a battle with cancer and a seven year hiccup. He died from prostate cancer. The thing was, he was a veteran of the Korean War (Conflict) and was honorably discharged. However, that he died about 30 years ago. She asked if I could help her to file a claim with the VA for any benefits that she may have been entitled to as the surviving spouse of a war veteran. She is convinced that his cancer may have come from his tour in the service, especially since he died relatively young. I would appreciate any feedback on this issue regarding the direction to go in, if there is one.

 

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https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/locations/korea.asp “Veterans who served in a unit in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) anytime between April 1, 1968 and August 31

No its never to late, she will need medical records for evidence and death certificate, but mostly what she will need is medical proof  of his death  if the prostate cancer killed her hubby  then she

No but if there is no AO DMZ link I dont know what basis the claim could be filed on...but nothing is impossible. Did he serve in Thailand or Vietnam or on any ship in the 7th fleet during t

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https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/locations/korea.asp

“Veterans who served in a unit in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) anytime between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971 and who have a disease VA recognizes as associated with Agent Orange exposure are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides. These Veterans do not have to show they were exposed to Agent Orange to be eligible for disability compensation for these diseases.

VA and the Department of Defense must determine the Veteran’s unit operated in the DMZ area and the Veteran was physically there.”

 

Korean War veterans or their survivors, who served near  the DMZ within the date criteria above have continued to prove their AO claims.

Here is a recent AO award due to Prostate Cancer.

The veteran did an excellent job of proving his exposure as there was some question as to his unit in relation to the exposed DOD units.

https://www.va.gov/vetapp16/files1/1607362.txt

I have posted the units involved, available under a search here and if you search the BVA for Korea DMZ Agent Orange you will see how these claims are handled.

Was he service connected for anything in his lifetime?

 

 

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No its never to late, she will need medical records for evidence and death certificate, but mostly what she will need is medical proof  of his death  if the prostate cancer killed her hubby  then she can file a claim useing the nehmer A.O. Presumption  they should service connected by his military service and medical records  dates and places  ect,,ect,,. Ms Berta is the expert on this she can help out here tremendously  

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but if there is no AO DMZ link I dont know what basis the claim could be filed on...but nothing is impossible.

Did he serve in Thailand or Vietnam or on any ship in the 7th fleet during the Vietnam war,and if so, when and where and what is the ship's name.

He does have a AO presumptive that caused his death so the AO would be the main focus and his SMRs and 201 personnel file might reveal much of the info  you need as to whether or not he was exposed to Agent Orange,.

Thank you for helping your Aunt.

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