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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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!
Roger Shiley on February 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM said:

There are several of you that need to double check your status concerning AGENT ORANGE.....Read about it and If you have ANY concern, file a claim with VA>>>>>
There are a lot of you that need to address this issue NOW.....Just heard from another AVEL soldier that is now getting benefits.!!!!!
Jack McCabe on December 13, 2011 at 8:15 PM said:

Received my Official Enrollment today. Not bad since 1990. Now I can file my disability claim for my hearing.
Jerry Mahanay on November 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM said:

Just got my Agent Orange Evaluation back and among other things it says I am a well developed, well nourished white male who was ambulatory, alert and cooperative. Obviously had no records of my condition at Avel Central in 1971-1972.
Gary Clark on November 11, 2011 at 12:20 PM said:

After the first reunion when everyone said if you have a problem contact the VA. So in Aug. 2010 I sent them the info on my diabetes. Just yesterday I recived a letter from the VA saying the service connection has been granted. It took them over a year to look at every thing and approve my disablty, so hang in there it just takes time.
Roger Shiley on November 3, 2011 at 6:26 AM said:

Here is another site that might be of help.

If you have a Doctor that says that you have one of these problems then get a VA appointment after you file for compensation.... You can file at any VA facility. Most county courthouses have a part time VA assistance officer that will assist you in preparing your claim... And always keep you Senator or Rep involved. If you have not heard from the VA in 45 days send copies to Your Senator or Rep OR BOTH and demand help....Good Luck
Jerry Mahanay on October 24, 2011 at 5:23 AM said:

John, Banquet night at the Reunion Gene Herron spoke to all of us about his experiences with the VA. Very enlightning and I think you should contact him and he might be able to give you some advise that would help you. Gene's email address is Please send him an email.
Jerry Mahanay on October 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM said:

Had my first appointment with the VA this morning. Had a few flashbacks to basic training but all in all it was a painless positive experience and I am on record and next thursday I have an appointment with a VA Doctor and will see what happens from there.
BRUCE GOFF on October 18, 2011 at 3:50 AM said:

I was told this year that my heart and blood problems was caused by Agent Orange and that I have PTSD. VA Drs wanted to put me in the VA hospital on Oct 13th. Wish i could have been at reunion. Really miss all you guys.
Jerry Mahanay on October 17, 2011 at 6:10 PM said:

I have my first VA Appointment on October 21st at 7:30 AM and then another on October 27th at 8:00 AM. updates to follow.
john kaszycki on October 15, 2011 at 3:01 AM said:

Forgot to mention what Meneirs disease is.....worst case of vertigo u can imagine..bedridden for days,puking,sweats,and weakness for days after..when attack comes.u drop in your tracks and can't move for hours after..3 days worst case was 14 days in bed..laid there like a zombie..can't work,and my driving is limited distances..really sux!!
john kaszycki on October 15, 2011 at 2:53 AM said:

I've had this condition,called Meneirs disease,for over 30 plus years.I average at least 2 bouts a month and there's no cure.It got worse since I aged..don't know if it relates 2 agent orange or not...VA says not recognized condition 2 agent orange ,but i question that..I sent every special and general order,from my 201 file..air medals,crewmans badge,dates and times,I flew,1967-69,my bronze star.I flew gunner during Dak To battle..during that period,more agent orange was in central highlands,than rest of country..and VA says..NOPE!!!..I look up on internet and guys in different states got 60-100%..I'm in what gives???..guess all the proof i sent wasn't good enough
Jerry Mahanay on October 7, 2011 at 5:54 AM said:

Finally got my sorry ass moving and finished my paperwork for the Agent Orange Screening and am mailing it off today. I will let everyone know how my experience goes. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Avel Vietnam 2011 Reunion next week.

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