pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

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RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Pruffer on Fri Jul 06, 2018 02:35 PM

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I received my denial letter from th VA yesterday. They claim PanCam is not service related. How do they prove that? My brother in law was a pilot In Viet Nam same time my husband was. He was diagnosed two years ago with prostate cancer. How do they prove it was service related. He gets his benefit. I am going to ask a lawyer.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jburkh168 on Fri Jul 06, 2018 04:52 PM

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Did your husband have diabetes?  There is a list of diseases that have been documented as agent orange related.  If you don't have one of thosse diseases it is difficult to get benefits.  If your husband had diabetes that is a "presumptive" disease and you can get benefits.  If he didn't have diabetes, talking toa lawyer is probably your best route.  So sorry that you are having this struggle.  It took us about 3 months to gather the documentation we needed to establish the "as likely as not" case for the connection between diabetes and pancan.  If he had diabetes, let me know and I will be happy to help you figure out how to establish that.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by BarbaraS on Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:51 PM

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I just won my appeal with the BVA for PanCan.  My husband filed for this before he passed away. As usual the VA denied PanCan and his Type 2 Diabetes caused because of Agent Orange. I promised him I would see this through and we hired a Lawyer. Thanks to the Lawyer, we won! I will be getting DIC and Compensation for his death. I would rather have him with me  Right now I didn't receive the rating but it should be coming soon. Never give up!! To prove service related he must have boots on the ground. Diabetes is the key factor with the agent Orange.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by pmaggie12 on Sat Jul 07, 2018 01:31 PM

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I have been fighting for benefits on my husband defense. He did not have boots on ground but a blue water vet but carrier ported at Subic Bay, where they stored AO . He had diabetes and diagnosed with Pan. Cancer shortly after that. Denied benefits, VA..stated have to prove exposure,having a hard time to try to prove that, was not there and my husband passed away. Any help from anybody will be greatly appreciated.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by PopPop on Sat Jul 07, 2018 03:02 PM

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pmaggie12,

First let me say that I am sorry for the loss of your husband. Please continue the fight. Recently the House of Representatives passed a Bill stating that the Blue Water Vietnam Veterans are to be included on the list of Agent Orange cancers. 

The Bill (H.R. 299) now goes to the Senate to be voted on and has good support so is expected to be passed there. If a Veteran's cancer or illness is not on the list, they can still file a claim. 

Have you looked at the Board of Appeals claims on the VA site? search thru there for Denied and Granted claims to see what caused each claimed to be ruled one way or the other. Also, many Veterans in Thailand never served in Vietnam, but worked on equipment that had been around Agent Orange and won their claims. Keep digging.

When this Bill becomes Law, refile your claim as Diabetes is on the Agent Orange list.

Do you have a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) working with you from a Veterans Organization such as the Vietnam Veterans of America, DAV, VFW or American Legion? contact one of them if you are doing all this on your own, they do not charge you any fee and if they ask for one, walk away and find another VSO. Your Federal Congressmen/women have a Veteran Service Officer on Staff in their local office.  

My cancer was not on the list but I fought for 6 years and finally won.

My Best to You and Everyone Here, Semper Fi 

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by BarbaraS on Sat Jul 07, 2018 08:20 PM

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I hired a Lawyer after my husband was denied. I would suggest you do the same. Keep fighting! The lawyers don't charge you a thing unless you win.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Pruffer on Sat Jul 07, 2018 08:28 PM

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I am going to contact an attorney. Thank you. You know some day PanCam will be recognized as a disease caused by AO.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by pmaggie12 on Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:33 AM

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I contacted several lawyers and Can't find one to take my case. Any suggestions of names of lawyers?

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jburkh168 on Fri Nov 09, 2018 02:56 PM

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 Sorry, I don't have any lawyer names but just saw this today at publichealth.va.gov which might be helpful for some trying to apply for benefits.  

"Vietnam Veteran Mortality: VA Studies (Summarized in Table 4)

Ongoing VA studies on Vietnam veteran mortality have suggested an increased risk of death for all causes among Vietnam veterans in comparison to non-Vietnam veterans. Specific causes for increased mortality include cancers including lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, skin cancer, and uterine cancer among women veterans.

I found that quoting VA sources and info in my doctor's "as likely as not letter" was effective.  If I were using it in the letter I would eleminate all but the pancreatic cancer from the quote by using ...  for the eliminated portions.  I do not think this would be as strong as using the diabetes facts but if diabetes isn't a factor in the pancreatic cancer - this would certainly be a good substitute.  Be sure to include the source & name of report as well as the particular section that is being quoted.  If you don't know how to include a reference most high school students or college students know how to do that - just ask for help. I figure it is hard for the VA to rule against their own data.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Julie2015 on Fri Nov 09, 2018 08:04 PM

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Been over three years since my husband passed from pancreatic cancer. Think I only had one year to apply for benefits?
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