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I have been trying to find more info on the Mote V Will case decision ( Fed Cir) that Tbird posted here today.

The veteran had claimed he had been in covert operations in Vietnam.

In another fairly similar case the BVA stated:

"Furthermore, the Board notes that the Veteran and the appellant has continuously and consistently contended that the Veteran served in Vietnam during a period between 1969 and 1975, where he was exposed to the herbicide agent, Agent Orange; however, the appellant noted that the Veteran’s Vietnam service is not disclosed in his military records due to the top-secret and covert nature of his service. See Statement in Support of Claim, September 2012. A review of the Veteran’s military records reveals the Veteran has had foreign service throughout his military career, but does not specifically state where the foreign service was. Additionally, upon further review of the Veteran’s military personnel file, there is a declassified report regarding covert operations in Southeast Asia, to include Vietnam; however, it does not specifically note that the Veteran was a part of this mission. Therefore, resolving all reasonable doubt in favor of the Veteran, the Board will concede that the Veteran had Vietnam service; and thus, was exposed to Agent Orange. However so, the Board notes that neither pneumonia nor ILD is a listed disease subject to presumptive service connected based on herbicide exposure under 38 C.F.R. § 3.309(e). Therefore, based on the above, the Board finds that service connection on a presumptive basis is not warranted in this case."

https://www.va.gov/vetapp19/files5/19142047.txt

The VA can declassify anything regarding the Vietnam War ,and I believe Vietnam has been entirely declassified from research and work I did on a Thesis n the Vietnam War,  for AMU, as well as declassify anything that a claimant ,whose MOS was Top Secret Classified,that would help support  a claim they have filed.

While the Personnel record in the veteran's 201 file above did not specifically name him, it was obvious to the BVA that this type of evidence in a Personnel file, would not be there if the veteran was not in the covert operation.

Unfortunately there have been veterans who claimed secret missions or covert ops that they could not prove, and this can be a very difficult task, if the veteran dies from a disability that  the survivor becomes a substituted claimant on , and  is trying to connect the veteran's death due to their secret /covert mission.

 

 

 

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I had a top secret clearance, but did not go to Vietnam.  (I use the term "Vietnam ERA", but some interpret that as "Vietnam Vet", even tho its not what I meant).   I was in the service DURING the Vie

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