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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Manny Alen on February 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM said:

I was reevaluated on December 2012.
Just received the letter today from VA
During the evaluation, with all the medical records, etc available, it was determined that:
Yes, I am diabetic and have been treated since day one by the VA, prior to that, treated by my Primary Care Doctor in private practice.
Yes, I suffer from Neuropathy in both legs and both hands.
I was denied everything. They are good at that.
Next step: Open a case with the local VVA Service Officer; I understand he will help me with my appeal.
Maybe I'll live long enough to see the final outcome.
Jerry Mahanay on January 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM said:


I sent something to your email address. See if that will help you.
Roger Shiley on January 24, 2013 at 7:36 AM said:

I forgot to sign the last entry!!!!
Anonymous on January 24, 2013 at 7:33 AM said:

Concerning the extra clothing allowance.....From what I see there is one allowance for all requirements BUT you might call you county VA rep and have him/her do some research....Also if you visit your local VA hospital you should look up the patient advocate and have them research the issue... I never did find a schedule of payment...How much of an allowance are we talking about????
William J. Craig, Jr. on September 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM said:

Don't forget to mention our children born with birth defects are also victims of Agent Orange.
Manny Alen on July 3, 2012 at 4:27 AM said:

Correction: Hypercalcimia. Not Hipercalcimia. Forgetting how to spell is an early sign of dementia.
Manny Alen on July 3, 2012 at 4:20 AM said:

Was invited by my local VAH to participate in a research program about aging. I was later denied further participation because I had very high calcium levels in my blood and urine. (Hipercalcimea) that put me at a high risk for a stroke. Had Parathyroid surgery in January and now watching those calcium levels closely. If you google the side effects of Hipercalcemia, that will explain how bad we feel at times. Not Agent Orange related but a simple blood test/24 hour urine test will tell and maybe keep some of us alive a little longer
john kaszycki on June 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM said:

Thanx 4 ur sympathy,anyway.Jerry
john kaszycki on June 18, 2012 at 5:40 AM said:

Got denied...asking Roanoke office for all my service records back...gonna see Randy Forbes,my congressman..see what he can do..still believe Meneries disease is agent orange related..has 2 be..I can still smell that stuff,landed in 2 many LZ's,with that stuff
Jerry Mahanay on June 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM said:

John Kaszycki, I was at a book signing today and talking to the author found out he was a Navy Veteran with health issues and we started talking about the VA and I brought up what you were going through. He told me to tell you not to try to do it own your own. Get the DAV involved. There is a National Service Officer in Roanoke, VA. They have a website and you can call them or email them and explain your circumstances and get them involved.
Jerry Mahanay on May 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM said:

John Kaszyci, I am so sorry that this is they way you are treated by the VA.I don't understand it and I don't known that there is anything I can do help but I will try.
Roger Shiley on April 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM said:

DO NOT STOP in your attempts to get VA to recognize your problem....If it has been that (18 months) long in getting an answer then someoneis asleep at the switch....Package your notes and send them to your congressman and tell him that you do not like the way that a REAL vet is treated....
It takes a lot of work but you deserve to get compensation for your problems.....
john Kaszycki on April 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM said:

Hey Jerry...I been waiting 16 months now,and still no answer from va..I called national hotline and they say they working on it...I lost my hope on this issue..sad situation for me..this has been a debilitating problem and just getting worse..scared 2 even drive my car any distance,never mind trying 2 get part time job,to make ends meet..just get depressed thinking about it
Jerry Mahanay on March 31, 2012 at 5:49 PM said:

John Kaszycki, sounds like you are having better luck with the VA. Is that true?? Are you still having any issues with the VA??
Roger Shiley on March 8, 2012 at 7:29 AM said:

Jerry That sounds like a bunch of BULL!!! I wouldn't pay it and send the bill to your congressman I ask him to press VA to cover the total cost.....We are worth more than that!

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