Veterans exposed to Agent Orange

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Veterans exposed to Agent Orange

by mehblues on Wed Sep 05, 2018 07:55 PM

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I was diagnosed with Stage 4 head and neck cancer in 2016 went through Chemo and radiation was 18 months clean or so the pet scans showed.  At the 18 Month pet scan the dang think reappeared again chemo and radiation.  After the first pet-scan it showed a reoccurrence the Doc's told me I had been radiated too much. so I opted for a neck discectomy which was completed.  I have been through this 3 times.  I served in Thailand where it has been proven they sprayed Agent orange around the perimeter I had submitted a claim for disability w/the VA and was denied.  I was told if I was a security policeman it would had a chance of being approved "they walk the perimeter"  I was a weapons Mechanic who was at the end of the runway daily and loaded munitions that came from the bomb dump but that is not enough.  I have had my oncologist radiation oncologist and the ENT Dr write letters for my appeal stating "it is more likely than not the exposure to agent orange is the cause of my Squamish Cell Carcinoma (Head and Neck) I have been asked to locate any medical research that I can quote/use for my case and other then a law suit "Rye vs Principal" where the VA decision to decline was overturned i am having trouble finding any research that as per my VSO says is going to help.  Does anyone have an links or have found any research linking the cancer to agent orange or if you may have information about any other reversals of an appeal

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by Loves2Fly on Thu Sep 06, 2018 08:31 PM

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The ones that are winning their cases (when you can actually get your case in the system) are using the precidences of previous approved cases.

Here's where you can find them.

https://www.index.va.gov/search/va/bva.jsp

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by mehblues on Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:52 AM

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Love2fly, Thanks you my case is in the system and of course denied the first time for both my cancer and diabetes type II.  I have appealed it and of course my VSO says "it could take up to 2 years before they review it."  Typical government bull thanks again it is very helpful. 

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by Loves2Fly on Fri Sep 07, 2018 07:44 PM

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I sure understand the wait.... my husband's case is now at 3 1/2 years "under review".

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by mehblues on Sat Sep 08, 2018 03:36 PM

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Sorry to hear I recently received a letter from the VA about a program called RAMPS it is supposed to be a way to expidite your claim I am checking into it with the help of my VSO rep.  ask your Rep if you have one about this program.  The VA and the Government is a strange pickle they seem to throw billions of dollars at investagations that make no sense rather then help the Vets both disbaled or not who made this country what it is...?  How easy it seems others forget those that fought for the freedom of our country.  Good luck with your case  

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