Agent Orange
This site is designed to assist you in obtaining Agent Orange benefits.
Agent Orange can very well effect all of the AVEL soldiers.  Having served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 each of you might suffer from one of the many Agent Orange related symptoms and effects.  Many of the AVEL soldiers flew on missions in Vietnam and Cambodia where the LZ was sprayed by Agent Orange.  AVEL soldiers worked on dust covered choppers and the dust covered avionics boxes were on the work benches.
VA’s policy is that if you were in Vietnam one day, you can claim that any and all of the illnesses on the list was caused by Agent Orange  and therefore you are entitled to VA medical services and monetary compensation.
If you have any of the symptoms listed in the sites shown below, go to VA for medical attention and file for compensation.  I had my civilian MD check for prostate cancer.  I had cancer and I started treatment.  I also filed for VA compensation and payment started retroactive to the filing date…..
Here are a few sites that have information on Agent Orange.  There are many more…..
Please feel free to log your Agent Orange related concerns on this site and encourage everyone to seek VA medical attention. If you have a problem in getting benefits maybe some of us can help you.
Thanks for your service.
LTC (MAJ) Roger Shiley
AVEL Central 70-71
Do you have any questions about Agent Orange and its symptons for our members who have Agent Ofrange related illnesses?  Ask them here.
Do you have an Agent Orange related illness?  Share your experience, symptons, etc. with your fellow Avelers.
You can also discuss any issues you have with the VA here.  Bring up any issues you are having. I am sure someone else on here has already dealt with it.

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Roger Shiley on April 18, 2014 at 3:43 PM said:

Once again I urge all of you that thought you survived Vietnam to get a check of your "good Health". Go to the VA sites listed at the AVEL site and if you have ANY of the many medical problems, go to your local VA and file for disability..... YOU EARNED IT THE HARD WAY ! ! ! I salute all of the many vets that know what AVEL means !!!
Jack McCabe on January 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM said:

I am sorry Oscar. That really sucks. When we left we all thought we survived. Many didn't. So many were killed in Vietnam and died at home 30+ years later.
Oscar Bronson III on January 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM said:

I was diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia in May 2013,have done my chemo and is now in remission. Now they are testing me for Parkinsons disease,all related to agent orange. Vietnam just keeps on killing.I would urge all Avel personnel to sign up for the A O registry.
Jack McCabe on December 9, 2013 at 3:29 PM said:

Al, I will send them along.
Al Buchanan on December 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM said:

Pete: Saw your comments, I got my band at the DC reunion (it was GREAT, guys) have had a LOT of comments and requests for one. My wife knows a woman who's husband surcumbed to AO and wants several for the family etc. If I could get about 24 or so I know they'd go to good homes. Let me know costs for postage etc and I will forward to you.
Thanx again.
Pete Poirier on December 5, 2013 at 1:38 PM said:

I wear an orange wristband, every day, everywhere I go; you should too, here's why. 1.) It gives you an opportunity to tell people about how agent orange has affected thousands of Vietnam veterans when you are asked "What's that for?" 2.) It aligns you with AVEL Vietnam veterans because it says right on it "AVEL VIETNAM". 3.) It's free for the asking if you are part of this group. Just go to the PX and get one.

The public needs to know that Vietnam vets are losing the battle to dioxin. There is no one better able to tell that story than you. It's been almost 50 years, but we don't have 50 years left to make people aware of the on-going sacrifice that Vietnam vets are still making just because they said "Yes" when their country asked them to serve.

We have a good supply of wristbands. All you have to do is ask for one and then wear it. Let it make you angry, and sad, and determined to share what you know with those who otherwise may never know.
Mike Blatt on November 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM said:

Well after almost a year I finally had my Agent Orange exposure assessment yesterday with the VA in Seattle. The interview went very well. I had just went through my yearly physical in September with my personnel physician. I had copied my recent blood reports and brought them with me yesterday to the VA. I gave them to the doctor which saved me from having them to draw more blood. She looked them over and said they are a great help as they would have run the same tests.
It is a great load off my mind to have finally have that completed. Thanks to all of you for pushing me to get that done.
Jerry Mahanay on November 23, 2013 at 5:32 PM said:

John Schroeder, Don't give up keep appealing.Listen to Roger Shiley and send letters to your Congressman and Representatives and don't stop. There is no way Kidney cancer cannot be on the Agent Orange list. Bottom line to everyone that is having issues to not give up and think that there is no help.
John Schroeder on November 12, 2013 at 8:28 AM said:

I served in Phu Loi, Vietnam with the "Big Red One" and developed cancer of the liver. I was diagnosed in 2009, and had a liver transplant in February 2010. When I asked the VA about a possible link to exposure of Agent Orange or other chemicals, they denied any connection. They claim that there are insufficient claims of liver cancer due to exposure.
Jerry Mahanay on November 7, 2013 at 8:33 AM said:

I was 17, just the teenage kid, the year that I enlisted.
I can’t remember why I did, my mom said that I insisted.
I had some strange idea then, that Uncle Sam was right.
Oh momma cried, but she signed the card, And then I went off to fight.

Got off the plane in Vietnam, it didn’t seem like war.
With all I saw I started to wonder what I have come there for.
Some officers got drunk at night, and cheated on their wives.
And the peasants on the other side, where just struggling for their lives.

Oh the army tried some fancy stuff, to bring them to their knees.
Like Agent Orange defoliant, to kill the brush and tress.
We’d hike all day on jungle trails, through clouds of poison spray.
And they never told me then, that it would hurt my health today.

But I got the news this morning, yea, the doctors told me so.
They killed me in Vietnam, and I didn’t even know.
I tried hard to forget the war like everybody did.
Settled down, got married, even had a of couple kids.

Well my children both had birth defects, and the doctors had their doubts.
They never could understand it, but I think I figured it out.
Because I got the news this morning, yeah, the doctors told me so.
They killed me in Vietnam, and I didn’t even know.

This Agent Orange from Vietnam, we carry it with us still.
It stays inside for years and years before it starts to kill.
You might get cancer of the liver; you might get cancer of the skin.
You can file for disability, but you might not live to win.

Oh I got the news this morning yea, the doctors told me so.
They killed me in Vietnam, and I didn’t even know.
Oh the doctor said I got some time, trying to be kind.
I’ve never been a radical, but this has changed my mind.

Oh I’d be so proud to hear my kids say hell no I won’t go,
Because you killed my dad in Vietnam, and he didn’t even know.
Yes I’d be so proud to hear my kid say hell no I won’t go,
Because you killed my dad and he didn’t even know.
Roger Shiley on September 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM said:

We are getting good feed back from soldiers that file with VA>>>>>>>>>>I hope we are going to have another discussion group with those that are getting VA compensation and those that don't!!!!!!! We can help you get the deserved $$$$$$$$$ and medical services!!!!!!!!!!!
See You in DC!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jerry Mahanay on September 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM said:

Robert let us know what the VA tells you on this claim.
Robert Harris on August 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM said:

Thank you very much Jerry Mahanay! I will file a claim like you said and see where this leads me.

To all my Hero Vietnam Veterans, May God Bless All Of You and Thank You all for your Service to our Country!!
Jerry Mahanay on August 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM said:

Robert Harris! I went to an Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting put on by the AVVA this morning at the Vietnam Veterans of America National Convention here in Jacksonville, FL. They are focusing now on getting help and compensation for the children and grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans who are experiencing illnesses that have been passed on by their parents who were in Vietnam and exposed to Agent Orange. Contact a nearby Veteran Service Officer and ask them to file a claim on your behalf. Probably be denied but you will be on record. As I get more information I will pass it on but take that initial step.
Jerry Mahanay on August 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM said:

Doug, Please elaborate on what your conditions are and what do you mean by you can't get much for any of them?

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