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TCE and Leukemia disability experience?


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I recently filed for disability for CLL (Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia) linked to Trichloroethelene (TCE ) exposure while in the service.  TCE is - that sweet-smelling cleaning solvent we used so much of in the '60's.  Has anyone any experience, good or bad, dealing with the VA about cancers from TCE?  I was on a base where it was in the groundwater and in an MOS where we used it almost daily in our work.  

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Did you serve at or live in housing at Camp LeJuene between 1950 and 1987?

What was your MOS, and where do you attribute the TCE exposure happened?

Adult Leukemias are presumptive to the Camp Le Jeune regulations, as well as CLL is presumptive to exposure to Agent orange.

https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/camp-lejeune-water-contamination/

https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/bcell-leukemia.asp

We need more info on where you served and how you were exposed to TCE.

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Also this information.

Contaminated Military Installation Lawsuit

Citizens groups, state lawmakers and three New Mexico residents who live near jet fuel contamination in Albuquerque have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of Defense, alleging a failure to adequately clean up pollution from Kirtland Air Force Base.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico and asks a federal judge to order the Air Force to "abate and mitigate the endangerment." It also seeks to recover legal fees, which have so far climbed to at least $10,000, according to the complaint.

A jet fuel leak was first discovered at Kirtland Air Force Base in 1999, according to the lawsuit.

In January, the New Mexico Environment Department fined the Air Force close to $1.7 million for failing to monitor potentially cancer-causing pollution that has leached from Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis and for allowing a wastewater permit there to lapse

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The VA typically denies about 80 percent of claimants.  So gather stuff up and settle down for a fight.  Get your copy of your cfile, and stay tuned to hadit for instructions on what you need to do to appeal.  The first thing is you have to file a nod within a year of the decision.  Now, you may be in the lucky 20 percent who does not have to appeal, and lets hope so.  But its not too soon to get a copy of your cfile and be prepared.  

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