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 July 26, 2019 at 8:19 AM said:

A reminder to reread the agent orange info and file a claim !! We were all subjected to agent orange and some times it takes 45 years to show up !! Use the VA !!
Doug Trietch (Avel Central '70-'71) on July 6, 2019 at 7:19 AM said:

Found out in the last month and a half that I have Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma. Its in my lung and spleen. Started Chemo 6/10/19. Filed with VA and awaiting determination of eligibility.
Richard C King on June 29, 2019 at 3:03 PM said:

Served in the Delta in '67. Earlier this year started suffering from shortness of breath. Within a week of my regular cardiologist visit (pacemaker 15 years ago from Lyme Disease) I was in the emergency room with Congestive Heart Failure and Pneumonia. Ended up with two stents in my LAD artery, which a cardiac catheterization had shown to be only 20% blockef around seven years ago. All other arteries were about the same, and have stayed that way. Cholesterol and Triglycerides regularly in the 120's or 130's. Main issue seems to be left ventricle ejection fraction [LVEF] of 15 or 20, based on echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization, and cardiac MRI. Have disability application pending, which should be 100% based on LVEF < 30%.

Is such rapid onset of heart chamber malfunction, and only one artery affected, typical of Agent Orange? My otherwise excellent cardiologist has no experience with Agent Orange. Wondering whether I should try Mayo Clinic or some other facility for more information, or just live with it.
Patrick Peregrin on March 18, 2019 at 3:49 PM said:

I would like to know if anyone has a MPN (Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) are a group of diseases that affect blood-cell formation. In all forms of MPN, a bone marrow problem leads to increased levels of blood cells circulating in the bloodstream). I have Myelofobrosis
and have been turned down twice for Compensation. MPN are not on teh presuptive list but I do know there have been claims that have gotten approval. Any advise if you have filed and been approved would be appreciated.
Harry Golata Jr on January 17, 2019 at 5:10 PM said:

I was diagnosed with a menengioma brain tumor on roughly 10/2013 & subsequently had the tumor surgically removed. Within the next year it was discovered I had re occurring menengioma’s which I had Gamma knifed out over following years with other tumors formimg. The tumors were instrumental in losing my job of 34 yrs as a Grinder Machinist in an Aerospace Company due to making judgement errors later attributed to the tumors. I understand they are finding defects in children ofAgrnt Orange exposures Veterans
I was an Inflight Communicator and Inflight Technician in VP-1 & was deployed TAD to Cahm Rhan Bay South Vietnam & U Tapoa Thailand in ‘71,72 & 73. I’m on my journey to see if there are any others with similar stories. My E mail is budgolata@
Manny Alen on November 14, 2018 at 2:03 PM said:

If you are 100% disabled, you can now fly Space Available on military flights.
Kind of hard to get around my neck of the woods, it depends on where you live and how flexible your schedule is.
Manny Alen on June 23, 2018 at 2:01 PM said:

Went to the eye clinic this week. Eyesight getting poorer rapidly.
Got the new prescription and went to order my new glasses. Guess what..... NO CHARGE! I usually get charged no less than $85 plus incidentals.
A very pleasant surprise.... and they will mail them to me so, one less trip to take.
Roger Shiley on May 7, 2018 at 8:50 AM said:

I want everyone to reread all the postings on agent orange and see if you should see a VA doctor ! For some of us it took 35 years to have the exposure to take effect !!! You earned all the compensation that you can get !!! Good luck and "keep them flying" . RDS
Manny Alen on March 14, 2018 at 9:06 AM said:

Finally......100% service connected.
Took a long time and a lot of follow-up.
The individual service connected percentages added up to 230% before they called it 100%
It's the VA convoluted way of adding 2+2
I wish to thank all of you at the blog for the tips, etc.
Some added perks: CHAMPVA (supplemental medical insurance for my wife's medicare, access to Commissary/Exchange, other stuff that we have no urgent need for, etc.
Definitely a struggle to go thru. Was it worth it? YES! Unless you are independently rich.
Manny Alen on November 23, 2017 at 4:49 PM said:

I was recently treated for Coronary Heart Disease. The test (Cardiac Catheterization) chowed Coronary Artery Stenosis, Bridging and Arteriosclerosis.
I added that to my list of disabilities and wait to see what happens.
I have excellent care at the VA Hospital here in Miami, when it comes to disability claims, it's a different story. Deny everything, should be the name of their game.
Roger Shiley on September 29, 2017 at 8:28 PM said:

As we get older we all will start showing more agent orange related symptoms. Read our pages of info and go to your VA clinic. If you have one of the symptoms listed insist to be checked !!!!Use your congressman to help get attention when and if the VA is slow in responding !!! The last I heard we have over 20 soldiers with agent orange related problems and six or seven on full (100% plus)disability !!!! See you at the reunion !!!!! LTC R
howard feitel on September 25, 2017 at 1:09 PM said:

did do a comment on my skin cancers for the last 35 years. do have a tumor on my kidney always having it checked. finished radiation on my prostate two years ago. tomorrow doing an operation for invasive ductal carcinoma. it has breast tumor markers. will probably do radiation again for that cancer. if it makes sense. too may of us having agent orange concerns. too bad that no one seems to care. best luck to all.
Paul McCarthy on September 13, 2017 at 6:41 PM said:

This is just a reminder for all to keep checking on the AOPL.
Possibly on Nov 01,2017 more illnesses will be added to the list including Hypertension. Many may have high blood pressure but, the word put out is that HBP is possible due to aging not from AO. So all keep on the lookout it will be as important as Ischemic Heart Disease.
Kay Brown on July 15, 2017 at 1:18 PM said:

I am a widow of a Vet who was in the Vietnam era, he was stationed in Korea for 18 months, 1967/1968. We have tried for 25 years to get help from the VA, only to be lost in the shuffle Everytime. He passed in 2013 and the VA did not pay on his burial and funeral home said they would loan us a flag for the services. I am determined to fight this now, after the was him and so many were and are still treated by the VA. The waiting list scandal is nothing new, this has been going on for the past up-to-date years, 25 I know of. Fight for WTT you deserve, you or your Loved one did!!!!
John Shannon on April 14, 2017 at 4:14 PM said:

Vietnam KonTum 67-68 - Developed Diabetes Type II 2005 Clam for Agent Orange approved 20%. 2015 developed neuropathy another 20%. I recently had a Lung Lobe removed which had "non-small cell cancer". I keep reading Lung Cancer is another symptom of Agent Orange, Is "Non Small Cell Cancer" claimable?
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