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Good morning, I have a question, When I was little I had asthma, and it went a way when I was a 10 or so, I joined the Marines and said nothing. And I was good for my 9 yrs I gave them. I was helicopter mechanic/crewchief  for my time in, I worked with Jp4,5,and 7. Jet fuel exhaust was a daily event for us. Plus other chemicals. When I was in my mid 40's asthma came back. Really bad. So I don't know if the jet fuel was the tigger to restart my asthma or not, should I put in a VA claim or not. I am pretty stand up guy have no idea what to do. 




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Good question.  Of the 3 Caluza elements, lets focus on 1, tho they are all required.

1.  Current diagnosis.  I will asume a doctor said you have asthma and rendered this diagnosis.

2.  In service event OR AGGRAVATION.   Yes, you can get SC if you had something before military, but it got worse during military service.  

3.  Nexus, or doctors opinion that its at least as likely as not, your asthma occured during, or was made worse, by military service.  Your doc will need to give a reason for his opinion. 

     If you have all three of these Caluza elements, go for it.  You should win.  If you are missing one or more, you can often Hire a md to make a diagnosis or provide a nexus.  

     You may need documentation of JP4 (JP3, etc) exposure.  

     If you think a doctor may be willing to render a nexus, go for it.  

While I did not see "asthma" on the following list, this does not mean exposure to toxins did not cause or worsen your asthma.


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Ken Good advise from Broncovet.To have a successful disability claim, you need 3 things. First a current diagnosis; 2nd an event or injury in the service and third, a connecting between the two, or nexus it is called. There is question on whether JP-4 causes disability and you will need a good nexus from a specialist to win this. The doc will have to show medical  evidence, by way of medical studies and articles on cause or aggravates of your condition.  There is also a thing called presumption of soundness. If you had asthma when young, but were free of it, not on your record in the service, then you may be clear as service connection in that respect. If you go this route, you're going to need that as part of your IMO/nexus. What I am saying is IMHO you are going to need a strong medical opinion for approval. The VA doesn't grant a presumption for injury/diseases connected to JP-4 and other fuels and they don't like to admit there is a possibility for causing these issues. In any case, be prepared for a long struggle to get it approved.

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