Vietnam veterans with esophageal cancer

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RE: Vietnam veterans with esophageal cancer

by JTerzich on Sun Jan 20, 2019 05:11 PM

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My Dad was stationed at Ft.Bliss and Ft.Ord 1965-1967 and he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. We caught the cancer in time before it spread, but he is suffering from complications and is on a feeding tube, can barely walk and weighs 107lbs now. He never went to combat in Vietnam, but I have been reading about exposure to radiation and agent orange while on base. I am wondering if anyone else’s family member developed this cancer even if they did not get deployed to Vietnam?

RE: Vietnam veterans with esophageal cancer

by WesPaPa on Sun Sep 15, 2019 02:35 AM

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Hello, I was stationed at Udorn in 1973. Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in ‘05. Had surgery for that and had been cancer free until Esophagael Cancer diag. In June ‘18. Filed a claim in ‘11 or ‘12 when I found out US admitted AO use at all Thailand bases. Took 2 years but was approved for comp. Don’t think EC is on the approved list for AO exposure but I could be wrong. I believe the most important thing you can prove is that he worked or lived near the base perimeter where the AO was sprayed by helicopter. I found pictures of my squadron area that showed proximity to perimeter plus travel orders, pay vouchers etc. (still can’t believe I saved that stuff). Buddy letters count a lot too. Did that for a friend of mine for his claim. Sorry about your husband. It’s unfortunate the in-country Nam vets get most of the attention (as they rightly should) while the thousands of us who served in Thailand are kind of forgotten. Just found this post so hope you’ve had some success with your claim.
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