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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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?
Doug Meyer on August 10, 2013 at 8:27 AM said:

How do you get PTSD from AO? Im a Vietnam Vet with lots of things you mention,and can't get much for any of them
Roger Shiley on July 25, 2013 at 9:14 PM said:

Agent orange take on many forms of effects to your body.

Read the references that we have and contact your local (county) VA rep. He will help you through the process and after you have filed the forms you need to call for exams at the VA.
Talk to the guys and gals in the waiting room and learn what to say..Then send a letter to you senator and call the office to be sure you address it to the right action officer. D O N 'T take no for answer..Everyone you send a letter to give them 14 days then complain..........
Keep in touch.

I am now sure if the children will get compensation from VA but you can try!!!!!!
Robert Harris-Son of Earl L Harris Sp/5 Avel South on July 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM said:

Hello my name is Robert M. Harris son of Earl L. Harris (SP/5) who served in Avel South/317th Maintenance Co. Vung Tau: 1970-1971. To start I just want to thank each and every one of you for your service to our Country! You are all super Hero’s in my eyes!!
And as for all of you who were exposed to Agent Orange you all deserve everything you can get and more! My father is currently fighting for compensation for his health problems due to Agent Orange. I can’t believe how much damage this shit has done to all of you! It also affected your children that were born with many different birth defects!
I have a lot of health problems due to my father’s exposure to Agent Orange as well! Please forgive the lengthily list of health problems I am about to list. I’m a pretty messed up child from this shit as well! Here is the list of health problems I have thanks to Agent Orange…

Protruding disc caused me to have to have a spinal fusion at L5-S1, scar tissue, and severe sciatica

Psychiatric-PTSD/Severe nervous disorder which causes severe depression, nervousness, panic attacks, violent outbursts, irritable, angry, suicide thoughts, nightmares, sadness, tremulous, memory loss, loss of concentration, paranoid and severe personality disorder

Stomach problems-Gastritis, GERD , sour stomach, over active acid in stomach, vomiting problems and bad cardiac muscle and trouble with eating any type of food-mostly eat bland foods, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain

Severe peripheral neuropathy in both legs

Carpal tunnel / bursitis in both wrists

Memory problems-Hard time concentrating and remembering things and can’t focus

Low blood sugar-Hypoglycemic

Bad cholesterol / High Triglycerides

Bad Sinus problems

Genitourinary-burning, bloody urine (Hematuria), dribbling, brown urine, bladder discomfort, kidney pain

Neurological-tingling, numbness, dizziness, headaches, twitching, fidgeting, suspension of breath (sleep apnea), incoordination, unnaturally, drowsy and loss of sensation in extremities

Metabolic- fatigue, rapid weight loss and chills
Skin-chloracne, rash, increased sensitivity (heat), increased sensitivity (sun) and altered skin color

Endocrine-decreased sexual drive and difficulty maintaining an erection


Hearing Loss

Respiratory-difficulty or painful breath and shortness of breath

Abnormal toes-toes are crooked on both of my feet

My hope is that they start to recognize all of your symptoms and treat you and your children!!!!

May God Bless all of you!!!

Thank you again,

Robert M. Harris son of “Earl L. Harris (Sp/5) Avel South 317th LEM CO 1970-71”
Roger Shiley on April 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM said:

Mike....To start with, almost every county has a VA rep that assists vets in getting thier just compensation. Call your county manager's office and ask for the schedule for seeing the VA rep...Mine is only on sight one day a week....but he knows the way to get answers.....Go to the Agent Orange site and see if you might be more than one problem.......This is not an easy process and if you don't get results then make copies and send them to you congressman and senator........

I came to Avel about the time you came in.....I looked in the 520th book and didn't see you ....
I hope you get results....Keep us informed...Roger Shiley
Mike Blatt, Avel Central 69-70 on April 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM said:

OK guys, I need help. Last year at the reunion everyone was urging me to get an Agent Orange assessment. So I called my local VA clinic here in town to find out the procedure, they sent me to the VA in Washington DC. After talking to them they sent paperwork for me to file a claim. Is this right? The paperwork doesn't mentioned anything about an Agent Orange Assessment or what I called about. So what do you guys suggest to get this rolling. Do I just go to the VA hospital? I need my DD214 and what else? Should I bring any medical history from my private Drs.
Roger Shiley on March 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM said:

Just heard from a non-AVEL Vietnam vet who has been trying for 16 months to get recognition for prostate cancer, diebetis, two other agent orange related problems.....He sent letters to congressmen and president...had the local VA sent in duplicate claims after 90 days....He recieved a form letter with a check for $54,000, tax free, and is now recieving $3,200 per month....You have to really work at getting the VA to listen to you because they are focused on the gulf war and current war.....Keep at it... For those of you that feel this is not your problem.....Watch for the symptoms and be ready when you start to come down with AGENT ORANGE..........You may only get 15%-25% at first but YOU EARNED IT THE HARD WAY!!!!!!
Remember 1SG Fitzpatrick and his 10 - 15 year battle with it....OK OK I'll put my soap box back in the closet!!!
Jerry Mahanay on March 8, 2013 at 5:57 AM said:

This is what happens when you try to leave a comment when you have had too much to drink.
Jerry Mahany on March 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM said:


Register with our website and keep in touch. we all need to keep in touch with and know what is going on keep in touch.
Jerry Cowart, Phu Loi, Vietnam 1968 on March 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM said:

The VA rating system makes no sense and is very frustrating. I have been in and out of cancer treatmnet for the last 10 years because of Agent Orange.
I have 50% PTSD rating; 60% rating for prostate cancer side effects; 100% for none-hodgkins Lymphoma I am being treated for (a cancer there is no cure for) and the VA won't grant me permanent 100% disability. They say the cancer may go away. What don't they understand about NO CURE! And I will have to live with it for the rest of my life. From the chemo I have had and radiation, I have so many side effects, I can not work 100% anymore and have lost most of most of clients and financially it is killing my wife and I. May rating should be over 200% and permanent! NEVER GIVE UP! Jerry, 74th RAC, Pho Loi, 1968.
Jerry Mahanay on March 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM said:

Bill Bruno,

Register with the Non-Avel registration and keep in touch with us. In fact make plans to come to the Reunion in Washington, DC in October. We would love to have you.
William Bruno on February 21, 2013 at 7:22 PM said:

Thank you for the quick response. I was an avionics person ,(35K20) with the 11th Armored Cav Reg. 1968and1969. I was not an Avel. I went on to volunteer to be a door gunner after approx.2 months. I guess I wanted some war stories to tell my grand children some day. I was stationed at Xuan Loc, Bien Hoa
and Quan Loi,(rocket city). We would fly to Vung Tao every week for supplies. Later on I was sent back to Georgia, (Hunter army air field) and on to Germany for 6 mos.

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