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 May 26, 2015 at 6:07 AM said:

Mike, Inform your VA rep that you worked around Hueys and part of your mission was to test ride for repairs....It's called "Huey-ear"... You have a hard time hearing high frequency sounds......Roger
Mike Blatt on May 7, 2015 at 5:45 PM said:

I received my back pay for my claim and my regular monthly compensation check Monday. This was for my tinnitus disability. I met with an AMVET Representative on Tuesday to go over the findings of the VA and she said even though I wasn't awarded and disability percentage for my hearing loss, it was classified as service connected. She stated that I should just walk into the Audiology Center at the VA and make an appointment for hearing aids.
Roger Shiley on May 5, 2015 at 2:18 PM said:

How long does it take to get results from VA ?? My first check from VA was for 13 months. I talked to a vet in the waiting room at Asheville VA and he had waited 21 months for the Pay to start. He had a deposit in his checkng account for over $71,000. He now gets $3,400 per month. I strongly urge the use of the congressmen and senators to keep VA "working" your claim...SEE YOU AT OUR REUNION !!!!
Jim C on May 2, 2015 at 4:35 PM said:

Thanks. Mike
Mike Blatt on May 2, 2015 at 3:37 PM said:

Jim - once I filed a claim I received a letter from the VA stating they had the claim and it was being processed for evaluation. That process took 8 months. Once I had the evaluation done and the Dr had filed the report it was 2 weeks when I heard from them. However, I am sure all claims are different depending on the complexity of the claim. Good Luck and as Roger Shiley would say, DON'T GIVE UP!
howard feitel on May 2, 2015 at 11:04 AM said:

Vietnam 1971-1972. started skin cancer 3 years after returning home. still go every 3 months to have more removed. all my doctors say never had any one with as much as I do. did call va but only certain types of skin cancers are covered. wish I could get paid for all my stiches I had over the last 35 years.
Jim C on May 1, 2015 at 6:14 PM said:

Once a claim is filed how long does it take before you hear anything?
Mike Blatt on April 30, 2015 at 9:30 PM said:

Thanks Roger for the insight. I am seeing the Service Officer at AMVETS on Tuesday to go over the VA findings. They have been very helpful so far.
Roger Shiley on April 30, 2015 at 4:09 PM said:

Mike....Just remember that the VA contact person is trying to reduce your claim and limit the amount that you get paid.....Your local county will have a Veterans Service Officer that will walk you through the paper work process....( and he mey have hints on how to word your claim).....Keep at it and remember you deserve every $$ you get in compensation......
Mike Blatt on April 30, 2015 at 8:25 AM said:

I heard back from the VA on my hearing loss claim yesterday. My hearing loss and tinnitus are classified as service related. I was given a 10% disability for the tinnitus, but no disability for the bilateral hearing loss. I guess it isn't enough for their disability standards. However,the Dr. at VA did say if my claim was approved as service connected I should make an appointment with the Audiology Group at the VA. I am a bit confused on this statement, but will be contacting a service officer at AMVETS for the next step.
Roger Shiley on April 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM said:

You have to watch the VA's math.....You can have up to 130% and still be short of the 100% for compensation......Keep asking for re-evaluation and you will get 100% and that is what you deserve !!!!! Good Luck !!!
Roger Shiley on April 26, 2015 at 2:26 PM said:

Jim C. The loss of feeling in the feet and lower part of the hands is part of the Agent orange problem...I have about 30% loss in the hands and 40% in the feet...Combine that with Type II Dibeties and you are getting close to a 40% rating...Check for prostate cancer soon !!!!!
Mike Blatt on April 22, 2015 at 2:16 PM said:

I finally went in for my Compensation and Pension Exam. on the 16 of April at the VA in Tacoma. I had filed for hearing loss associated with duty in Vietnam in July of last year. The doctor told me after the exam that if it is approved I should report to the Audiology group there and see about hearing aids. She had said my high frequency is normal but my low freq. is bad. I had not done any thing in the past about it because I have no documentation or proof of service connection. I hope it doesn't take another 9 months before I here an answer. She said she would file the report that day. We will see what happens.
Jim C on April 15, 2015 at 2:17 AM said:

Thanks for the help.
Pete Poirier on April 14, 2015 at 1:45 PM said:

Hey Jim, CIPD as you know is a form of neuropathy. The VA entertains claims for neuropathy because it has been well documented that chemical exposure can cause nerve damage. The problem with CIPD is that it typically presents in people who are in their 60's and 70's with no previous history. You need to file a claim; assert that your condition is nerve damage. A history of tingling and numbness preceding your inflammatory condition should help if it is documented. But you need to file, do it electronically for best service. Let us know how it progresses.

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