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by philsandiego on Tue May 01, 2012 07:13 AM
I was stationed in Peliku in July 1967 to July 1968 and was diagnosed with base of tongue squamous cell carcinoma in August of 2007. Good luck in your effort with the VA.
God bless. Phil
by jacqlyn46 on Tue May 01, 2012 10:10 PM
Thank you for writing. You will remain in Les and my thoughts and prayers. PLEASE keep in touch so we know how things are going with you and yours.
GOD is soooo good even when we don't understand the whys in life.
by PopPop on Wed May 02, 2012 02:05 AM
Jacki wrote-Do you by any chance know how many Viet-Nam era Vets have Squamous Cell Carcinoma??
Unfortunately no, as many Vietnam Veterans have died before the VA and the Government agreed that there was a real problem with the connection of Agent Orange and cancers. I know co-workers that served in Vietnam and they died in their 30's from stomach,kidney and liver cancers.
The records show that during the War, roughly 9.7-10 Million Americans served our Country, not all going to Vietnam, that number was roughly 2.7-2.9 depending who is counting. Anyway, a report came our some time ago stating that roughly 2/3's of those that served in-country have died already. Pretty scary numbers as I and my brother are 2 that served in-country.
I did doubt that number at first, but sat down and made a list of co-workers and friends that I knew that have died from cancers and were in Vietnam. Seems the count is real......
My Best to You and Everyone Here
by mjjones52 on Mon May 28, 2012 08:17 PM
On Apr 04, 2012 4:48 PM Mcb1979 wrote: Good afternoon, I was reading some of your posts. I am a Staff Sergeant currently serving on active duty. I lost my father to the same cancer back in 2000. He served in Vietnam for 2 years. I have been trying to get a service connected claim so that my mother could receive some benefits. I know that Cell Carcinoma is not listed on the Veteran Affairs list of Agent Orange diseases but I have recently learned of a case that went through appeals. CITATION Nr:0304776 DOCKET #: 02-20 448, Appealed in Oakland California and full service related injury for Maxillary Squamas Cell Carcinoma. The case was for a Sailor that had never stepped foot on Vietnam soil. Look into this and use this reference when appealing. Let me know how it works out. Thank you for your service. Army Strong
On Apr 04, 2012 4:48 PM Mcb1979 wrote:
Good afternoon, I was reading some of your posts. I am a Staff Sergeant currently serving on active duty. I lost my father to the same cancer back in 2000. He served in Vietnam for 2 years. I have been trying to get a service connected claim so that my mother could receive some benefits. I know that Cell Carcinoma is not listed on the Veteran Affairs list of Agent Orange diseases but I have recently learned of a case that went through appeals. CITATION Nr:0304776 DOCKET #: 02-20 448, Appealed in Oakland California and full service related injury for Maxillary Squamas Cell Carcinoma. The case was for a Sailor that had never stepped foot on Vietnam soil. Look into this and use this reference when appealing. Let me know how it works out. Thank you for your service. Army Strong
Hi mcb1979, I saw your post from last month. My husband died 5 years ago from the same cancer, in the same site as the case you cited. (Except my husband WAS in country and exposed daily to Agent Orange and jet fuel, etc.) I submitted that case. VA law doesn't seem to work the same as civilian law in considerng precedents. My case has just been dened again. I have 30 days to present new evidence, so I'm hoping I can find more new precendents. Have you discovered anything else? Was you father's also in the sinus cavity?
Thank you for your service.
by jacqlyn46 on Sat Jun 23, 2012 09:53 PM
Hi all. Well, this pit bull has found the Pot Of Gold at the end of the Rainbow...I hope. We just had our VFW and Ladies Auxiliary State Convention here in Montana AND I met the gentleman Mr. Foster who the folks at Senator Testers office were going to hook me up with. He is with the VA...and when I was done talking to him about Les and all of you....I was more frustrated and beaten than I've felt in a long time. I felt like the potatoe in the old kids game Hot Potatoe. No one wants to touch this subject. Well, guess what....I prayed and prayed some more.....and really just talked to GOD about it too...saying if HE meant for me to give up my fight for all of you, then let me know, or show me where to go that will do some good.
When I got home...I was extra 'cited...can't explain it, but there were key words running thru my aging head that didn't come from people at the same time, but they seemed connected and when I typed them in to my trusty computer....wala...I found exactly where WE all need to go, but IF it's okay with you, I'd love to lead the charge.
His name is Colonel Craig David Shriver, MD. He is the head of research for THE VA in Cancers. I have begun a letter to him. As I told everyone who would stand still and listen to me last week....I don't care how many first names such as Breast, Prostate, Pancreatic, Lung, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, etc. etc., it has, they all have just one last name and it is CANCER. AND...if the VA is going to recognize of of the Cancer Family Members connected to Agent Orange, then they'd better recognize them all, or NONE at all. I'm taking that message to Colonel Shriver for you all and Les if you will let me.
Thank you for your time.
Love and Hugs always to you and yours.
Your buddy in Montana.
by jabendroth on Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:15 AM
I have read all your posts and my husband a vietnam vet has now been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the neck and head. My husband's social worker say they are seeing a lot of this in the Vietnam Vets. My husband is about 4 weeks into chemotherapy and radiation and so far is doing okay. Do any of you know if the VA compensates for this kind of cancer or not. I am to get with the VA representative today. From what I read in previous post no avail. We are now in 2013 and wondered if any of that changed.
by PopPop on Mon Jul 01, 2013 04:01 PM
Although most Head and Neck cancers are denied, each case is reviewed for the contents and proof of connection to Agent Orange that the Vet provides. Some cases are granted and can be searched on the VA site in the Board of Appeals section.
You stated that you were seeing a VA Representative today. Is this a person that works at the VA claims building? or is this a person that has been thru the classes for the claims and is a Veteran's Service Officer for a Military Organization? there is a difference.
You can search in the link above, type your search words and check a box for the year you want to seach. To make it easier, scroll down to the bottom of each claim to see if it was denied or granted. View the results and see what was the cause of denied or granted. Allot depends on Expert Opinions, such as the Doctors involved.
Tell your husband " Welcome Home" for us, he'll know what we mean.
My Best to Both of You and Everyone Here
by PopPop on Mon Jul 01, 2013 04:03 PM
Thank You for what you do.
by Cavman on Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:58 PM
I was diagnosed in 2005 with Stage 4 SCC right tonsil/nodes. I will be 8 years out Xmas Eve. I served in the 2nd Infantry on the DMZ Korea and with the 11th Cav in Vietnam/Cambodia. My MOS was 11D Recon. I was sprayed constantly on the Cambodian border. I filed an Agent Orange claim in 2005 and was denied. It`s absolutely redicuous that tonsil cancer isn`t on the Agent Orange list. As my doctor stated, the chemical had to cross the tonsils to get to the rest. Anyway, I am 100% rated because of Purple Hearts, C.I.B. etc, but it was much more diffucult going that route. If you were in quite a few fire fights etc you can file for other reasons.
by dave78578 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 04:53 PM
In the spring of 2010 I had squamous cell cancer in the lymph nodes on my neck with an unknown primary. MD Anderson in Houston saved my life. Cancer free four years and counting. The Va has so denied my agent orange claims. Next step is the board review. I did two tours, 68-69 in the delta. Too much throat cancer out there for the VA to disregard.
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