Jump to content
  • momo-001.jpg


  • Advertisemnt

  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims


    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
    Continue Reading
  • Ads

  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • Advertisemnt

  • VA Watchdog

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • 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
Sign in to follow this  

Prostate cancer and agent orange


My husband previously was seen in 2012 by a VA MD for the Agent Orange registry.  In 2015 he was diagnosed and rated for DMII related to Agent Orange.  We now attempted to file an online FDC for his newly diagnosed prostate cancer and quickly received a response requiring a medical opinion  the relating his prostate cancer to dioxin.  I called the 800 help number and the individual advised we just go ahead and ask our MD for the opinion, it being quicker and easier to just get the opinion.  Is there a better way to resolve this, either for our future reference or for others.  Seems insane.  Thank you.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

4 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0

Sounds like you got bum information from the VARO who sent you the letter requiring a "medical opinion" for prostrate cancer.  

Also, the VA employee you talked to apparently does not know the rules and regulations relating to exposure to agent orange.

Easy way to resolve this is to point out prostrate cancer is one of the presumptive diseases caused by agent orange.

What VARO are you dealing with?     You should not have to get an IMO for prostrate cancer.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Thanks, that is what we thought and were surprised with the answer from claims support person.  We did request a note from my husband's physician but in the meanwhile the  VA site changed, now stating there were no longer any requests for additional documentation.  Despite advising us to submit the MD info, the claims person had said it would be forwarded to the supervisor as it didn't make sense, but that it may take a couple days.  Hopefully this is now resolved.  Thanks again.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Thomas is correct, with incountry service-Vietnam, he has a "presumptive" disability.

Maybe you should send IRIS a complaint. Use the initials in the alphabetic code on the right hand side of the letter after the Re: (if they still do it that way)

because that is the last person who handled your claim.

I think VA is definitely under the gun for the backlog and might be training more people to do the job....

But dont feel bad- they denied my AO IHD death claim with a letter that said the veteran's SMRs revealed no IHD.

I said "WTF" in the most diplomatic way I could,  via a CUE claim within an IRIS complaint (reminding them that many Vietnam vets were still practically kids in Vietnam and it would be highly unlikely any of them had heart disease at that point.)and they quickly re did the claim and awarded.My husband was only 18 when he went to the Nam.(USMC 65-66)

I am concerned that if VA does add more AO presumptives in November, this  kind of crap might happen to many vets again.

I also wonder if literacy is a qualification to work at a VARO.  

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

My husband checked his benefit site today and now has 100% disability for prostate cancer-agent orange related.  Berta is probably right, a newbie as was so blatantly wrong.  Perhaps the phone support person's  'supervisor' researched it and removed the request before much reaction, and fast tracked the claim.  Done!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Our picks

    • Mere Speculation  Comp and Pen
      Hello Fellow Veteran 20 year retired disabled Navy veteran, quick ?? I am going for unemployability through the VA just had my comp and Pen, I do check off all the DBQ according to the therapist , but at the end of it she said in her opinion it would be mere speculation on rather I should get unemployability or not. What’s that mean thanks 
      • 9 replies
    • Man using HadIt name to collect funds -  Go FundMe shuts down campaign following Raleigh man's arrest for fraud
      I was interviewed for  this story. This gentlemen was using the HadIt name to collect funds for some non existent charity. "HadIt.com" is NOT a non-profit. "HadIt.com" will never have anyone collecting outside of Walmarts. If "HadIt.com" does not list a fundraiser on our site it is not affiliated with us. Please read the story and pass on that this person is NOT affiliated with "HadIt.com"

      Note: The text at the top of the video lists me as a nonprofit founder. HadIt.com is a for profit, it is not a non profit and this man is not associated with our site and none of the money he collected had anything to do with our site.


      Go FundMe shuts down campaign following Raleigh man's arrest for fraud 
      • 5 replies
    • Additional 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits

      If you reach 100% P and T there are more benefits available to you. This is by no means an extensive list and we recommend calling the Veterans Affairs at 1-800-827-1000 with any questions about the following benefits.

      Check your state benefits here

      Dental treatment for 100% disabled veteran benefits.

      Educational Assistance for Dependents: (under chapter 35) Must be rated a 100% disabled veteran by the VA.

      Civilian health and medical program for dependents/survivors (CHAMPVA). Must be rated a 100% disabled veteran by the VA.

      Specially Adapted Homes

      Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance: Decreasing term mortgage insurance up to $90,000 for veterans who have received a Specially Adaptive Housing grant and have an existing mortgage.

      Waiver of cost of Service Disabled life Insurance: and additional $20,000 of life insurance at cost to veteran. Veteran must have applied for insurance within two years of initial disability rating or within two years of a new disability rating. An increase in a disability rating does not qualify as a new disability.

      Commissary and Exchange privileges for veteran and dependents: The veteran must request a letter from the VA specifying veteran is in receipt of 100% disability, and then applies for a military ID card at the nearest ID card issuing facility.

      Emergency treatment in non-VA facilities: if VA facilities are not available.

      Annual Eye exams and prescribed eye wear

      Continue Reading
      • 1 reply
    • Type 1 Diabetes recent onset!
      I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in September 2017 OUT OF NOWHERE.

      i am a Navy Reservist and deployed in later 2009 to mid 2010 and again later 2014 to mid 2015; had a 2 year recall between those deployments.  

      Only healthcare received since commissioning in 2008 was from the Navy and no issues EVER.

      insulin dependent and have dietary restrictions and in a non deployable status.

      VA denied initial claim due to Type 1 not showing on active duty and now appealing.

      Anyone with successful experience getting a rating with my circumstances?  I live in Upstate New York.
      • 9 replies
    • Agent Orange Kadena Afb Okinawa
      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.
      • 15 replies
  • Ads

  • Popular Contributors

  • Ad

  • Latest News
  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines