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Hello and thank you for this forum.

NOTICE: Please please please read this entire post about me and my dire situation, my wife died in September 2017, my name wasn’t on deed and my stepdaughter threw me out on the street, thankfully my biological son took my into his one bedroom apartment, which is where I’m currently at, 
my claim is flagged, terminal, homeless, financial hardship, and advanced aged, yes I’m blessed to still have a biological son who has helped me beyond what I could ever have asked for, as I wasn’t a good father to my biological son, however he has overlooked my history of alcoholism as I’ve now been sober since 1987,  he helped me enroll in VA health care, as I only get about $1300 a month from Social Security to live on, he’s been a life saver, to me and he’s my primary caregiver as well.

I don’t give a damn at this point if the VA figures out this post is from me, I only want what I’ve earned and deserve from my service to our country!

‘Notice to forum members and staff my son is helping me with typing this introduction of myself, so please give me a chance I’m have severe hearing loss and my vision is poor, and lastly my memories and recollections of military service are fading fast.

I have been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma related to my AO exposure and Asbestosis - mesothelioma as due to Asbestos exposure, including hearing loss.

‘About a week ago April 5 2021 I called the RO,for an update on my Asbestos exposure claim, as they’ve given me 30% service connection for my severe hearing loss as a M48 Tank driver, anyway I contacted the RO after having submitted additional evidence related to my AO exposure & Asbestos exposure the new evidence is from Oncologist at Johns Hopkins University Kimmel Cancer clinic, I’m still in treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma the chemotherapy side effect was “ autoimmune hemolytic anemia which means I will require blood transfusions as needed, and monthly Cobalamin B-12 injections to keep my immune system strong, recently my blood tests on March 11, 2021 showed Level 2, elevated / moderate LDH which is a sign that my non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is active again, and my doctor said that I will never be cured of my cancer and that I will for the rest of my life need the B-12 injections and blood transfusions.

so, back to my call to RO, on April 5, 2021 I asked them to to connect me with a supervisor as I want. Review for missed evidence, and a review or the new medical evidence uploaded for my Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the asbestosis- mesothelioma from my pulmonary specialist and I included the records from my local VA hospital where I spent 3 weeks hospitalized for respiratory failure and while there I asked to speak to a VA hospital Psychiatrist/ psychologist who discussed my service at the Korea DMZ and in his consultation he diagnosed me having combat related PTSD as result of service at DMZ, and I was also followed by VA pulmonologist who in his notes stated veteran was exposed to Asbestos in his AO set hut barracks at DMZ, in his M48 Tank & M113 Armored Personnel carrier, as well as in his barracks stateside as those facilities were loaded with asbestos and on the ship he returned from Korea on the USS General Mann, 

so, even the VA hospital doctors have also diagnosed my PTSD, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and the Asbestosis/ mesothelioma is now in my VA medical records.

during this phone call I asked the RO representative why can’t I have a partial decision for my Asbestosis / mesothelioma since you’ve ( VA ) already given me partial award on my claims for hearing loss, they told me that they’ve been unable to corroborate my asbestosis with JSRRC, then the RO rep stated let me check to see oh well there is another request to JSRRC to corroborate your PTSD & Agent Orange exposure, whew am I feeling like I’m getting the run around from the VA....

As an American  Indian we have a saying “ you can trust the gov’t, just ask any Native American,...

 

My enlistment was for 39 months or 3 years in 1958 at age 18 basics training was at Ft. Jackson S.C. And then I was ordered to Ft. Knox for Armor training in the M48 Tank ,and M113 Armored Personnel Carrier, Prior to receiving my orders to Western Corridor of Korea DMZ at Camp Walley just across the Libby bridge I was sent to 2 army bases for temporary duty, 1st the first temporary assignment base was at Ft. A.P. Hill in 1959 to train ROTC’s, then to Ft. Meade, Maryland to drive Duce 1/2’s delivering anything and everything to all base facilities and yes some deliveries included large barrels which I now believe were AO, some of these barrels were dumped at Ft. Meade landfill I remember green strange looking colored liquids seeping up out of the landfill, I delivered to base dining facilities all types of restaurant supplies including foods, cleaning chemicals, insecticides, rodenticides, you name it I delivered it.

I filed for VA compensation in 2018, for the following: 1. 1959 -1960 AO -Exposure at Korea DMZ, 1959 - 1961 AO - Exposure at Ft. Knox, 1958 AO - Exposure at Ft. Jackson,

1959 AO Exposure at Ft. George G. Meade, 1959 AO - Exposure at Ft. A.P. Hill, and Dec 1960 to Jan 1961 when my ship troop transport ship made a stop and picked soldiers at Guam.

FYI, some of you already know that the US Army Chemical Corps formulated the 5 tactical herbicides at a US Army camp called Camp Dietrich now known as Ft. Dietrich these herbicides were formulated starting in 1943, and by 1944 the Army chemical corps had completed these tactical herbicides which were then shipped to stateside US Army bases and facilities for storage, spraying, testing and also shipped over seas to Guam, Thailand, Korea and of course Vietnam.

Testing, storage and spraying was done in 1945 at Ft. Knox according to the GAO Congressional  Report on Agent Orange Locations of storage, testing and spraying, this report also states that AO was sprayed and tested at Ft. Meade, Maryland, Ft. A. P. Hill, Virginia, Ft. Drum, and many other stateside bases, as well as overseas at Guam, Thailand, Hawaii, and I’m sure many other locations that the Gov’t doesn’t want us to know about others.

see GAO report to confirm my above statements.

https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-19-24

I have also been diagnosed with PTSD having served inside the Korea DMZ from Nov 1959 thru Dec 1960, while there I witnessed 2 soldiers in my unit commit suicide, as well as being shot at by N. Korean snipers, having occasional mortar firings from N. Korean

I felt it was time to reach out to a VSO, so I signed the release papers and lo and behold he called me today, and said well I need to see your dd-214, he right away stated in order for the VA to accept my AO - exposure claim that I had to have served  in Korea from. 1968 to 1972 or close to that, when I tried to explain that I was most likely exposed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Ft. Meade, Maryland, Ft. Jackson, S.C. Ft. A. P. Hill, Virginia, He seemed taken aback, and again said well the VA only gives presumptive exposure if you served in Vietnam or in Korea from 1968 till 1970, that’s when I told him there’s 2 or 3 veterans who served their complete enlistments at Ft. Knox in the mid 1960’s both of whom won their compensation claims, the citations are public information and you can find them if you google search for them, it seems as though he’s locked in to the fact that AO is only given to veterans from Vietnam & the certain time frames in Korea 1968.

Note: my claims for PTSD, AO -Exposure, and Asbestos Exposure, are still being deferred as they continually request corroboration from JSRRC, it seems the are waiting for me to die, to my fellow veteran forum members, my claims are still in the gathering of evidence stage, should I wait till I have a denial, or should I just terminate the VSO, and go get a VA compensation benefits attorney to help me fight this bureaucracy. Here in the Washington, D.C. area we have a yearly magazine printed by the Washington Post newspaper which lists the top 100 lawyers in Washington DC and the VA compensation benefits lawyers are in the top 10 best lawyers in DC, I don’t want to hire an attorney as you all know that they will get 1/3 or 33% if your claim is favorable.

 

What would you forum members & fellow vets do in a similar situation as mine, please post any suggestions that might help me or others in a similar situation.

 

Again thank you to the founder of this forum you are a gift and it’s much appreciated by this old soldier, who isn’t ready to cross over yet.

Peace & Light to you my fellow vets, only you understand and appreciate our service and sacrifices.

GI -Joe US Army, 

1st Cavalry Division, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, A Troop, Korean DMZ Western Corridor, Camp Walley formerly known as “ Camp “ Plymouth 1959 thru 1961, yes my unit was infiltrated by N Korean sappers in 1965 where they planted explosives around our dining hall killing I think 3 soldiers and wounding about 17 soldiers of A Troop, 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division so yes we always lived in constant fear as a front line combat unit.

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"Veterans who served in a unit in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) anytime between September 1, 1967 and August 31, 1971 are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides. These Veterans do n

To add, if ,by USS General Mann, you mean USS W.A. Mann, that ship was exposed to AO: USS W. A. Mann (T-AP-112) [Military Transport] entered Qui Nhon Bay August 23, 1965https://injuredveterans.co

To moderators, thank you for all you do in making hadit the success it is and the lifesaving information you help share with veterans in dire need of compensation for their military related injuries and illnesses.

please review my introduction post as I’d like to read any replies or suggestions you moderators or fellow forum members have to share regarding my compensation claims.

‘Peace,

GI - Joe US Army Veteran 1958 - 1962

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Welcome to Hadit.  

We are in need of a bit more information.  Are you fighting any denials?

Have you filed to TDUI?   Are you employed?  

Have you filed for A&A?

I would not get an attorney until you need one.  You have more lanes to go down imo.

Have you called the White house hotline?

Hare you called  Peggy?

Have you contacted your Congress persons?

As for the attorney, you should not go beyond 20%.  I am using Berry law firm for my CAVC remand.  They are great!

As for your situation, the lawyer might be able to get it done sooner.  If it were me, I would be calling all the time and getting on peoples nerves until I got a response I wanted.  I am only 42 and have the energy to do this, so it is really up to you if you want to fight this way.  It is a lot, but it is worth it in the end.  

Keep fighting and never give up!  Please respond back here and we will help where we can.  

 

 

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shrekthetank1, blessings to you and thank your service.  And thank you for taking the time to welcome me and know this I will be forever grateful for the suggestions and or other information related to my compensation claims.

I filed my claim on July 2019, by October 2019 I had completed my first QTC exam for severe hearing loss and I received an award 20% for hearing loss and 10% for tinnitus. $ 435.00 monthly.

Yes, I requested assistance from m congressman I’m no completing release forms for this.

I have 23 claims related to my AO - Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Abestos exposure - asbestosis / mesothelioma, hearing loss, PTSD, A & A was denied but I filed supplemental/ appeal I think that’s what it’s called.

AO is Deferred, as well as PTSD, after my phone call with local VSO, I’m concerned as this person had no idea that you could be granted compensation even though you never had boots on ground in Vietnam, he went on to say that you must have served in Korea during the time that agent Orange was sprayed there. Well I found that other South Korean veterans have testified that the US military sprayed the DMZ 3 or 4 times month starting in 1955.

shrekthetank1, I’m 81 years old and no I no longer employable, and as for denials, yes the denied as not service connected about 17 of my illnesses which I immediately filed the supplements / appeal, however the biggest claims are deferred which I hope is a good thing.

I will see in the next few days what the VSO tell me about my claims, and maybe then I make the decision to talk with a attorney because right now I’m so confused about what’s going on, as you know the joint service records research center is closed except for research for RO claims corroboration.

‘hopefully I can see what’s going on with my claims when my congressman gets my VA C - File.

I’m just so frustrated and really feeling  very sick at the moment, as I don’t know how much longer I will be in this reality given my prognosis’s with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Asbestosis-mesothelioma.

shrekthetank1, again thank you for your reply, I need to take a break and rest I check back tomorrow.

 

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