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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Richard Gilkey on August 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM said:

I would definatly give it consideration Jerry. I would have to convince the wife I needed to go on a seperate vaction. Now her opinion about Vegas ????
Hope you guys have a great reunion.
Jerry Mahanay on August 7, 2011 at 6:22 PM said:

Richard Gilkey, Let me put this to you. If we have a Reunion in Las Vegas do you think you would be able to attend?
Anonymous on August 5, 2011 at 6:42 AM said:

Jack, great web site. I have refered Viet Vets to your web site for assistance. I had a rather possitive expereience with the VA. I had my cancerous prostate removed last Dec. and they made a preliminary decision in 6 months and final in 8 months.
Please pass on the 14TH Battalion reunion in Orlando Fl Nov.7th-12th,2012. 614th,610th,608th,604th,540th,339th,335th,79th.
Regards, Frank Ferry 339th Nha Trang 64/65
Roger Shiley on July 26, 2011 at 2:30 PM said:

Everyone is having problems with VA and all I can tell you is to keep sending in the facts and don't hesitate to use your senator or congressman....."The squeaky wheel gets heard" once in a while....There are benefits that you have earned now you have to re-earn them!!!!!!!!!!!
Richard Gilkey on July 22, 2011 at 2:35 PM said:

It's been 9 months from my last submission. They just sent me a letter wanting to know if I wanted to be part of the review process. So between VFW and myself maybe I can get my percentage increased.
On the other hand the beginning of the year I submitted medical information from my files and other information to receive my Purple Heart. It just showed up this last week, what a surprise. It came with DD215 showing the award plus all the other awards I was entitled too. Guess I will make shadow box for my grandson.
Process is slow and frustrations run high but what else can we do. Hang in there guys.
Jack McCabe on July 22, 2011 at 1:57 PM said:

About 2 months ago I requested my complete 201 file including medical records and an updated DD215 (That is an update on your DD214)from MPRC St. louis. I received a response today. They have lost all my records. Everything. They have no record of me at all.
Roger Shiley on July 13, 2011 at 2:24 PM said:

Just wanted to check up on Joe Maninski and others that are "working with" the VA to get compensation.....
Never feel that you don't deserve compensation for being exposer to Agent Orange. As time goes by we are going to find that there are a lot more men that have some physical problems caused by AO....I hope everyone is having a great summer and I am looking forward to the Charleston reunion!!!!
Joseph Kaminski on May 26, 2011 at 4:37 PM said:

Jerry, thanks for the encouragement. I'll do my best to be there.
Jerry Mahanay on May 25, 2011 at 7:28 PM said:

Joe Kaminski, You tell that damn VA Doctor he better get you fixed up because we are expecting you at the Reunion. He does not want Jack McCabe to make a surprise visit to him and damnit we all want to see you.
Joe Kaminski on May 25, 2011 at 5:29 AM said:

Hi Roger, I apologize for not responding earlier. Thank you again for the invaluable help and advise I've gotten from you and the AGENT ORANGE web site you have created. I have to say that the NEW YORK VA is the best thing to have happened to me. Right now I'm awaiting the results of various blood and other tests. One of my glands has grown quite a bit and my doctor says that he is very concerned.

I'm supposed to be leaving for Europe this Friday to meet my wife.
Jack McCabe on May 13, 2011 at 4:59 AM said:

PTSD Claims: Guys, if you have a VA claim for PTSD they will most likely want back ups to that claim. Contact your buddies in the unit rosters and ask them write a supporting letter for you. It will get your claim through.
Jack McCabe on May 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM said:

All Vietnam era vets are not only welcomed here but embraced. Whether you served in Vietnam or not it was strictly a roll of the dice. All vets register and come to our reunion. We are rapidly disapearing, time to bond together again.
Jack McCabe on May 6, 2011 at 10:19 AM said:

Richard, glad to have you on. Please register on the Non-Avel Personnel button and I will have you in my data base to send email updates to.

Welcome Home!
Thanks Jerry on May 5, 2011 at 8:00 AM said:

Thanks Jerry for the offer. These hard times have hit me hard and as much as I would enjoy visiting with other vets I have to pass. From what I have read you guys are going to have a great time. Have fun and be safe.
Thanks agian for the invite.
Regards Richard
Jerry Mahanay on May 1, 2011 at 7:12 PM said:

Richard we would be honored to have you at The All Avel Viet Nam Reunion 2011 Reunion. Please if you can make it do so. Hopefully you play golf too because the first Annual John Veers Martini Golf Outing is lacking in participants and Jack McCabe needs someone to challenge his golf prowess.

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