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  • jburkh168 has replied to a post on the message board

    Sorry, I really don't know the timeline. You could always ask. 

    November 16 at 2:12 PM view post
    • jburkh168 has replied to a post on the message board

       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 inc...

      November 09 at 2:56 PM view post
      • jburkh168 has replied to a post on the message board

        A month is an eternity to wait with PC.  Due to the aggesive nature of PC each day makes a difference.  I lost my husband in July 2017 to PC after a 2 year battle and lots of complicatios, set backs and doctors.  (We had initially been told he had 9 months so we considered the 2 years a victory). If you are sure this is the only surgeon you want, ask to be on the waiting list and call every couple of d...

        October 08 at 2:45 PM view post
        • jburkh168 has replied to a post on the message board

          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...

          July 06 at 4:52 PM view post
          • jburkh168 has replied to a post on the message board

            Joy, I am leaving tomorrow for an overseas vacation, but when I get back I will try to spend some time tracking things down. Have you read the Agent Orange report?  I found it online.  I also saw the post you replied to and wondered what that person's interest/non interest was.  When you say military health records are you talking about his recent VA records or records from when they were in the Army i...

            April 12 at 2:52 AM view post
            • jburkh168 has replied to a post on the message board

              Joy, I think I asked the question about an organized effort to push for pancreatic cancer to be added to the presumptive disease list in this thread.  I have not seen anything being done with that.  Actually the last agent orange study I read said there needed to be more investigation into this link which pretty much acknowledge that there was reason to believe there is a connection.  Perhaps we need t...

              April 11 at 8:56 PM view post
              • jburkh168 has replied to a post on the message board

                I am so sorry for your loss and understand the shock and struggle.  It is so hard watchihg our husbands die by the inch.  My husband died in July of 2017 after a courageous 21 month battle with pancreatic cancer.  He also had liver involvement and struggled with the chemo.   I would suggest you get a  copy of the "presumptive disease" list related to agent orange and see if your husband had a...

                April 05 at 11:35 PM view post
                • jburkh168 has replied to a post on the message board

                  I don't know if it's too late but before my husband died we were able to secure a 100% disability by connecting his pancreatic cancer to the diabetes.  We used a doctor's statement siting the American Diabetes statements (from their web site) relating an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in paitents with diabetes as well as a quote from the last agent orange study siting a link between the two and the doctor s...

                  October 20, 2017 view post
                  • jburkh168 has replied to a post on the message board

                    Have you loked iinto the "blue water" information? I saw an article recently said that the VA has granted benefits to a "limited number of cases but can't remember where.  The diabetes is important because it is a presumptive disease and both the National Diiabetes Foundationn and most recent agent orange study both document an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in patients who have diabetes.  iF you can f...

                    May 02, 2017 view post
                    • jburkh168 has replied to a post on the message board

                      I failed to say that there should be no charge for the assistance of thhe VA rep.

                      May 01, 2017 view post
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