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Berta

Afghanistan vet awarded for Burn pit exposure

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"The VA doesn’t automatically assume service connection when veterans seek benefits for illnesses they contend were caused by exposure to military burn pits. Advocates are urging Congress to pass legislation which would do that. The VA maintains that more research is needed and, in the meantime, considers applications like Antioho’s on a case-by-case basis. It rejected 80 percent of the 12,378 burn pit disability claims filed between June 2007 and last March 31, according to VA statistics. https://www.middletownpress.com/middletown/article/CT-vet-exposed-to-toxic-burn-pits-gets-benefits-13910941.php"

Antioho's gioblastoma brain cancer , after two denials, was granted. 

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Berta, this is what the VA does:delay, defer, deny. Of course they have to do more studies. Sound like what they did to us (stlll) with Agent Orange studies doesn't it.  4 more presumptives are supposed to decided by next month, according to Dr. Stone, one of the VA dept heads. The data was completed in 2010; how long does it take to analyze data? I hope I am wrong but I strongly feel what they are doing to the veterans exposed to burn pits is the same as the AO fiasco we have gone thru. A lot of pain and suffering before they admit coverage.

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You are right-Many Vets did not know of the original AO settlement fund.

I think that was in 1991.

My husband was in it and then I was as his survivor,but at that time there were still only 2 AO presumptives.Maybe a few more than 2-?

He died at 30% PTSD, never knowing his 2 other claims succeeded after he died,

and that the VA also malpracticed on 2 AO presumptives- AO DMII -awarded 15 years after he died, and AO IHD awarded 18 years after he died.

I  know there are Vietnam vets and/or their survivors, who probably still have no idea they would have a valid AO claim. (or they were denied long ago and walked away)-

I just hope any Blue Waters, or their survivors  who fall under the new regulations ( not yet prepared) for AO will learn of that.If asny new ones are added.

What specific diabilities are they looking at per Dr. Stone?

The NAM/IOM report statement was stronger than in the past IOM reports for HBP.

 

 

 

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Link to AO settlement fund - https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-postservice-agent_orange-settlement-settlementFund.asp On September 27, 1997, the District Court ordered the Fund closed, its assets having been fully distributed.

It rejected 80 percent of the 12,378 burn pit disability claims filed between June 2007 and last March 31, according to VA statistics. That is because there is no strategy guide per sa and every one has to move on. Only to find out years later their health is garbage and more denials because the VA circus will still be there.

  1.  Order your c-file
  2. Organize it in to a table of contents because it's not organize at all; even though the VA has their own system that they spent a billion dollars on to have your record from origin to your last appointment in chronological order.
    1. Which is another problem we face. Where the VA can deny access to this system for 26 years, because "we" paid for it why should "we" get keys to it.
  3. Seek treatment and file complaints.
  4. Go to private physicians for that VA can screw up/lie to you, and get away with it.
  5. Get test to rule out things. For that your high school class likely won't have any health problems compared to those that serve. Heavy metals 24 hour urine test. 
    1. Oh look another way to deny you because you took the test wrong but won't know it, since you're not educated on how to take a real heavy metals urine test.
  6. https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/burnpits/

Who knows maybe a biology college student will create a website, for burn pits of war, to be the go to website.

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