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Old 08-23-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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My husband was told they are still taking claims on "Agent Orange." Although things have changed greatly since
early on.
It makes me sad to hear about others near or in that plantation. That agent"orange" was just a horror sitting there full of toxins.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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Veterans Benefits Assoc.

Go to your VFW or your American Legion and ask for the Service Officer who should help you file a claim with the Veterans Administration.
My husband said his main base camp "was on" the Michelin Plantation in 1967.
That was very definitely Lai Khe which we affectionately called Rocket City.

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He is just now applying after someone who helps out people with these issues talked with him.

Yes, it will take time. You may have to travel a few times out of your way. ( as my hubby did) Even two hours away to see different people. There may also be some local doctors you have to see. But, mostly they are all kind and understand now the hardships that you guys had to deal with.

You will be paid back from when you appy. So no time is lost concerning that issue. Just time spent putting the case together.
Doctor told me on Wednesday I definitely had Type 2 diabetes, loaded me up with prescriptions but thankfully nothing that takes a needle. I need to lose about 20 lbs (hey, I am approaching my mid 60's so 20 overweight isn't that bad) and I do walk take a brisk (one mile in 18 minutes) walk three times a day. Morning, noon at lunch and usually after dinner at night.

Other than the meds I haven't had any effects such as pain, inability to work or anything like that and I am wondering what monetary benefit I would get if any at all? I think I saw where it was $140 for 10% but I don't think I am 10% disabled. At least I don't view myself as disabled.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:18 PM
 
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Let them figure it out. And they will make the determinations. For example, I knew a guy who got prostrate cancer, he got 100% SC for that, because they tied it to Agent Orange exposure. He did not consider himself disabled either.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:56 AM
 
Location: Traverse City, MI
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Here is a web site that is loaded with good information about agent orange claims as well as other problems that are caused by military service. Agent Orange, Heart Disease, Prostate and Parkinson's Forum
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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A lot to answer for with Rainbow Herbicides. the damage done is still going on with babies born deformed.

Health Effects of Agent Orange/dioxin Make Agent Orange History
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:43 PM
 
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I know nothing about the entitled sort, but I don't have my husband because of Agent Orange. I didn't know that's why he was dying until his Dr. told me, but I was warned it'd do me no good to fight for any type of benefit. I personally think it should be easy, if the cause is a definite. I really doubt there are more spouses abusing the system, than ones like me. Sorry if this has nothing to do with the OP, but wanted to show the other side. The women who are alone and doing without, because their men gave their life for this Country.
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:53 PM
 
Location: 5 Miles to the Beach
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I know nothing about the entitled sort, but I don't have my husband because of Agent Orange. I didn't know that's why he was dying until his Dr. told me, but I was warned it'd do me no good to fight for any type of benefit. I personally think it should be easy, if the cause is a definite. I really doubt there are more spouses abusing the system, than ones like me. Sorry if this has nothing to do with the OP, but wanted to show the other side. The women who are alone and doing without, because their men gave their life for this Country.
I'm very sorry you lost your husband to that. I can kinda sympathize with that situation though. My husband lost his best friend overseas while they were both in a firefight and he escorted his friend's body back home. At the time, I was best friend's with the girlfriend of that Marine who had died, so I saw all the grief it put on her and the family. It is sad that the military doesn't do more when a service member gives his/her life for this country. I could be wrong but all I know is that a family gets his/her life insurance.
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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The number of service connected illnesses is up to around 20 now for those serving in Vietnam and the gulf war. I understand that the incidence for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) is twice the incidence of the rest of the population. There were other connections to agent orange but wasn't aware of ALS.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:19 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Studies published in 2005 and 2009 found that men with any history of military service in the last century are at a nearly 60% greater risk of ALS than men who did not serve in the military.
REFERENCES:
http://www.alsa.org/assets/pdfs/advo...n_military.pdf
ALS in the Military White Paper - The ALS Association
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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My father was exposed to AO in Vietnam and my brother was born with Spina Bifida. They made a connection to vets who were exposed having children with Spina Bifida, so my brother has been getting a decent monthly benefit from the VA for years, plus his medical care is paid 100%. But his life has been quite miserable having Spina Bifida, and at age 45, I would be surprised if he lives to 50 with all his health problems.

And last December my father was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer and given two months to live. He started chemo through the VA, but he's still alive today. Now they're saying his cancer was "mis-diagnosed" and that it's not pancreatic. He has fluid that keeps building up in one lung that they're now draining every other day via home health care and the fluid has cancer cells in it. They're finally moving him to a major University hospital for better diagnosis and treatment, so hopefully they find out specifically what it is. He may be able to go into clinical trials as well.

But it's been a horrible experience (especially being told last December that he had two months to live), and he was my brother and mother's caretaker, so it's been stressful for them. There is no family history of cancer, and my dad never drank, smoked or was overweight. So it's most likely the AO. He also had skin cancer a few years ago, and I think that's been connected to AO. At least he's still alive, but it's been tough.
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