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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Jim CoIer on April 13, 2015 at 11:07 AM said:

Does anyone know if there is a link between agent orange and CIPD? Was recently diagnosed with CIPD . I have type 2 diabetes and a host of other issues.
Jack McCabe on March 21, 2015 at 1:38 PM said:

The VA approved my claim. Thank you Roger Shiley, Frank Anzaldua, Bruce Goff and Bob Madore for the letters to the VA.
Roger Shiley on January 21, 2015 at 4:16 PM said:

AGENT ORANGE is so very real and I can not understand how "records" can be lost.....Everyone needs to get thier congresman involved and don't take NO for an answer.....All of you guys were placed in harms way by being assigned to Vietnam and now AGENT ORANGE is part of your lives....When I say congressmen I really mean congressmen AND senators.....Send a letter to both of your senators and all of your congressmen......Don't worry about "bothering" them because they have staff members that are paid to work WITH us!!! I just went to the VA clinic today to have my teeth cleaned and I there were a LOT of "old soldiers" there getting medical help. I want ALL of my soldiers to get what they earned!!!!! WHEN IT COMES TO AGENT ORANGE YOU DO NOT NEED 20 YEARS IN SERVICE......ONE DAY IN VIETNAM QUALIFIES YOU FOR MEDICAL HELP AND IF YOU HAVE AN AGENT ORANGE ILLNESS YOU GET HELP AND COMPENSATION.....
russ mason on January 21, 2015 at 3:25 PM said:

Jack....SAY WHAT?? No way you can be SOL. No way in hell can they say you are not eligible....they have you registered for AO exposure and they got you some new ears!! Sounds like it's time for more noise...get out the whistles. We'll all make noise about this with you...the million man scream? sounds good...let's do it.
Mike Blatt AVEL Central on January 18, 2015 at 6:12 PM said:

Jack, sorry to hear about this. I would be all over my Congressman and Senators on this. Give em hell! Good Luck.
Jack McCabe on January 13, 2015 at 5:57 AM said:

Well, received a response from the VA on my claims. My records (complete 201 file) are missing. They have no record of my service. So... I guess I am SOL
Perry Wargo on December 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM said:

there is a clinic in Allentown went there and talked with the service officer from AMVETS
He sent me several papers to fill out and to have my dr. fill out. all that is now done and in the mail to him.
he said it could take several months
Perry on October 23, 2014 at 7:46 AM said:

Look up your nearest VA hospital in the phone directory, or go to http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/division.asp?dnum=1&isFlash=0 and there will be a map showing the VA hospitals. Your county offfice should have a Veterans Service Officer. Call and get his hours and visit him. He/SHE will help you fill out the paper work and assist in getting an appointment with VA.....OR Call the closest VA and get in touch with a patient advocate and they will work for you.....Whatever you do, you need to get your local congressman and one of your two state's senators...Do not worry about "making waves" Send them a detailed letter and follow up in seven days ( with a phone call) to be sure his office got the letter. Each senator and congressman has staff people that do this "leg work" and be sure to keep notes with dates and the names of contact people so you can talk to the same person each time. I hope this helps...Roger Shiley AVEL 70-71
Perry Wargo on October 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM said:

just had a heart attack sat now I'm told I have heart dease
how do I file a claim with the va
Pete Poirier on October 19, 2014 at 8:09 AM said:

To a very concerned friend: First, thank you for your concern and advocacy for a fellow Vietnam veteran exposed to Agent Orange. You need to know that there are far too many complications involved with dioxin and the immune system to be addressed on a military unit blog. We all need to rely on the best medical advice available, and in the case of Vietnam vets that means using the VA's assistance particularly when Agent Orange may be involved. Your friend also needs to advise his gastroenterologist about his probable exposure to dioxin. Dioxin was a herbicide that was used to destroy foliage and rice crops; it likely has an adverse effect on gut flora. If your friend's gut flora is compromised and he is receiving large doses of antibiotics his immune system may react aggressively. So, do not delay in sharing information about exposure. The fact that he is on antibiotics and has been recommended for surgery suggests that the diverticulitis already has eroded the large bowl. If that is the case, then it is almost certain that the infected section will need to be removed and, in most cases, a temporary ostomy will be recommended in order to allow the bowl tissue to heal before an anastomosis is performed. It is critical that there be an internist who is familiar with the effects of dioxin to be involved in your friend's case. It is very likely that the only doctors available who have that expertise are with the VA, so get him connected now. All of us who follow this blog will want to hear more from you about what happens and wait to hear about your friend's recovery.
very concerned friend on October 17, 2014 at 12:03 AM said:

I have a good friend he was exposed to Agent Orange and now has diverticulitis they are giving him repeated doses of antibiotics and wiping out his good bacteria is there anything can be done to heal his intestine before they start cutting it out he doesn't want to really admit it Agent Orange may be the problem either way what can be done to save his intestine after massive repeated doses can it be healed or is surgery the only option my email is pilotbailsout@gmail.com thank you
Roger Shiley on September 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM said:

Great news from all you guys that are getting results from VA. Those of you that are "ILL" or think you have agent orange related illnesses, take time to research our old comments and contact your VA....If your VA is still in the 1990s then you can go to another VA, in another state and file through them.....Some of these VA offices are still behind in thier services and you need to get results NOW....DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTANT YOUR CONGRESSMAN OR SENATOR AND GET THEM TO WORK FOR YOU!!!! GOOD LUCK !!! ROGER SHILEY, AVEL 70-71
Peter Poirier on September 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM said:

Here is some great news! You may recall that following my cancer, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. My ejection fraction was 20% compared to an ideal 60%. My heart was so weak that my kidneys could not function properly and my creatinine climbed to a critically high 3.1 versus a typical for me 1.7 or so. I was told that the chemo had damaged my heart and that there was a 30% chance that with medication and therapy I might stabilize at 20% or even see some improvement. A nuclear stress test indicated blockage in the left descending artery (also known as ischemic heart disease which is a another covered condition for vets exposed to Agent Orange)so I had two stents placed. I went back out on the tennis courts and played for all I was worth. Last Friday I had a follow-up echocardiogram and -here is the good news- my ejection fraction is now 54%. That's considered low normal. My message to you is if you were there and you are sick, get treated and file for compensation. Dioxin is one of the nastiest chemicals ever used in a way that was sure to affect humans. Medical care and compensation is the least that you are due.
Roland Langlois on September 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM said:

Thank you guys for putting up this site. It has opened my eyes to a whole bunch of questions and also explanations.
I served in Vietnaum in 69-70 but Agent Orange couldn,t be me I wasent directly exposed I didn,t think.
First let me tell you I have 4 wonderful children 3 of wich were born in the army after I came back. The Army doctors said they were all fine, after I got out and had there first checkup with a civilian doctor it was found the 1st was born with 2/3 of a kidney on one side and none on the other he needed a kidney transplant. The 2nd had a whole in his heart and a large blockage has had 2 open heart surgeries.
I asked could they be Agent orange problems ( Nope )
Since then I have found out #3 my daughter can,t have kids and #4 as far as we know just can,t smell anything. ( not always a bad thing ) possible Agent Orange Nope no way.
I myself have spent many a time in the hospitial since 1980 for various reasons.
Since coming here and looking at all the symptoms posted on this site. I have found that I have 1or 2 in each category. I have filed a 10-10EZ and requested to be seen by the VA in my area.They have gotten the request and are setting up a date for me.
My question is what else do I need to do ? and do I need to bring anything with me.

Thanks Roland Langlois
Avel South
Elvin Wilkerson on July 24, 2014 at 12:26 AM said:

Man, I am so glad I found this website (actually someone else found it for me). I have been trying off and on since the mid '90s to piece some info and memories back together. This site has been a great help. I actually recognized a bunch of the guys in the photos (I had lost all of mine). Thank you and God bless you for putting this set of pages together.

~/Lee

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