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"DETERMINED TO BE A VIETNAM -ERA HERBICIDE-EXPOSED VETERAN"


mountain tyme

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Hello I have a question...last week a good friend of mine father was hospitalized due to COPD, high blood pressure, CHF, and Diabetes 2...he served in the Navy from 1964-1970 he was a Aircraft structural Maintenace and also worked on the air crafts  hydraulics systems...back in April 2017 he received a letter from the Member Service Health Eligibility Center which stated he was  awarded  (1.) 40% service connected and (2.) Determined to be a Vietnam-era herbicide-exposed Veteran...

Her dad is 78 years old and he is confused she had power of attorney he does not remember what he claimed back then but he was enrolled in Priority Group 2 effective in 2017...can she go ahead and put in a VA claim for the presumptive conditions...and does she have to prove he had feet on ground...he told them when he put the claim in originally that he had to go into port (Vietnam) to pick up replacement equipment to repair the planes...he served on the USS Enterprise (CVA-65)...from 1965-1967

thank you for any help...

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Mountain tyme Your friend is at a distinct disadvantage not knowing what they have. Strongly advise getting a representative like a VSO or claims agent that can look into his records and see what he has; it is called VBMS and they should ask if the VSO/rep has it. If not, get someone who does. I would call 800-8267-1000, explain the problem and ask them to send a letter which describes his disabilities and ratings that were awarded. He should be receiving a monthly direct deposit of a disability into his banking account. Check that; if he has a 40% rating, it could be $673.28 or $747.28 if he is married. Priority Group # sounds right. The same phone number can get you a listing of VSO/claims agents in your state., or, go to https://www.benefits.va.gov/vso/You should look to find his discharge papers, dd214. Get a copy of that as it is a basis for just about any award. If he is determined to be a Vietnam veteran, several of those disabilities could be presumptive to Agent Orange, especially diabetes. It might be beneficial if you redacted his personal info, such as name, SSN etc. and post the letter you reference to this string for us to review. The point is there are so many questions we need answers to for us to help. Or, as stated, get someone who knows what they are doing and has access to his files.

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