Viet Nam Vets

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Viet Nam Vets

by Triciar on Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:00 AM

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I am wondering if are other Viet Nam Vets out there suffering from Pancreatic Cancer? 

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by Ken on Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:00 AM

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On 12/11/2006 Triciar wrote:

I am wondering if are other Viet Nam Vets out there suffering from Pancreatic Cancer? 

 

You can add me to the list.  I was there in 1970-1971.  I had Carcinoma of Ampulla of Vater and the Whipple operation on 12-16-2005. In fact tomorrow is one day short of ONE YEAR since the Whipple. Current age 69.

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by Triciar on Tue Dec 19, 2006 12:00 AM

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First, Thank You for serving! My husband was there 69-70.  He had non-hodgkins lymphoma in 2001 and was declared clear from that cancer, by the VA, during the very same week we found out about the pancreatic cancer.  He had chemo and radiation first, then a Whipple Procedure on July 14, '06 (his 56th birthday).  It's been a very long and complicated recovery.  How are you doing?

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by Joani on Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:00 AM

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My husband was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) with mets to the liver in January 2006. He was in Viet Nam in 1968-69. Has anyone had any luck getting compensation from the VA? Thank you.

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by Marshmallow on Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:00 AM

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My father is 59 and was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer.  I'm not sure of his exact dates of service but he is a Vietnam Vet. 

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by Marshmallow on Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:00 AM

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The US Department of Veterans Affairs has a site where you can look up Board of Appeals decisions.  Search for Pancreatic Cancer, you'll find lots of cases.  I have not found any that have compensated with the only cause as Pancreatic Cancer but if there were some on illnesses involved you may find a case similar to your situation.  I'm trying to paste a link but I'm not sure if you'll get it.

http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/bva.html

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by Val_Dawn on Sun Feb 04, 2007 12:00 AM

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I am  very sorry to hear about your husband and my prayers are with you. My father was diagnosed with bile duct cancer and, very sadly, died in 2002.  He was a vietnam vet from 1968 to 1969. My mother has been trying to get benefits from the veteran's administration and was originally turned down.  She has now appealed the decision but has not heard anything yet.  We did learn that there are parasites in Vietnam that are associated with bile duct cancer.  Unfortunately, my father died before there was any way of determining if he had any of these parasites but it seems likely that he was exposed to these parasites.  This may be something that could help your case in getting benefits. We have been trying to find statistics on other veitnam vets from the same years or locations that got bile duct cancer to support my mother's cause but we haven't been able to get any help from the VA. DO you know of any statistics or places to find statistics.  We would greatly appreciate anything you know of. Thank you and best wishes.

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by anniebuggen on Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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My husband died of pancreatic cancer in 2006.He was a decorated, service connected Viet Nam Vet. I  applied for my DIC and  I was turned down also.I just had an appeal with a Bureau of Vet. Affairs Judge  two years to the day of my husbands death. I also had to prove he died of a service connected disability. He had type 2 diabetes (service connected) from agent orange. It has been my experience that when a widow tries to claim that her husband's pancreatic cancer was caused by agent orange you most likely will not be granted DIC. It is not listed as a cause of agent orange. even though we know it is. If your loved one was service connected or could have been service connected for another disease that contributed to his death then go that route with V.A. instead of agent orange. I am still waiting for an answer from my appeal which they said could take up to another year. So be ready for a long wait.

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by gravesc on Fri Dec 04, 2009 03:49 AM

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My husband also died of pancreatic cancer in 06 he was a 100% disabled vet with type 2 diabetis.  I also have applied for benefits and have been turned down.  I am appealing also and have just recieved a letter stating that I have 30 days to submit any other evidence. I have done some reasearch and google diabetes with link to pancreatic cancer and found some things.  I will submit these to the VA and Pray.

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by milanbulat on Fri Dec 04, 2009 04:31 AM

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My cousan and  both 63-he went to nam i went to europe- he has alztimerz from agent orange-- i have brain cancer gbm4--what will our sons get from-iraq-afganistan-and the rest of the world we serve-i was proud to serve my country but i question our current positions and the lack of help from our government--we all need to push the va-i will help write and call erevyday for you if it will help-god bless

 

 

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