MORE ELIGIBLE: Greater Lowell vets line up to file Agent Orange illness claims

Full story: Lowell Sun

In communities throughout Greater Lowell, officials have been seeing the same thing -- veterans coming in to file benefits claims since the federal government expanded its list of diseases seen as related to Agent Orange exposure.
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Good Luck with the VA

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Oct 25, 2010
 
The VA is a joke. I have never seen anything run like it. I have had many sleepless nights worrying about my father and we have been fighting the VA for over 8 years. We should be helping anyone that fought for our county but we are not!! Every time I think we might be over the hill they through something else at him. The red tape and circles just do not stop. Time for someone new to stand up for not only Vietnam Vets but all Vets!
Cracker Jax

United States

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Oct 25, 2010
 
Having worked for 3 VAMC's in my working career as well as in several differents services of the VA... I can tell you it was a well run administration. However, I do know and remember that the Research and Development areas left much to be desired. Most ALL of the reseach done and funded was for alcohol related problems. It took the VA years to conclude there was such a thing as Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and many vets just killed themselves for lack of understanding and proper care for their tramatic experiences. I would also add that the volunteers (mostly wives and families and veterans organizations) who cared for and comforted all the hospitalized vets are true heroes as well. Bless and care for all our veterans...they deserve all the care and respect they have earned.
Just Me

Newtonville, MA

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Oct 25, 2010
 
Good Luck with the VA wrote:
The VA is a joke. I have never seen anything run like it. I have had many sleepless nights worrying about my father and we have been fighting the VA for over 8 years. We should be helping anyone that fought for our county but we are not!! Every time I think we might be over the hill they through something else at him. The red tape and circles just do not stop. Time for someone new to stand up for not only Vietnam Vets but all Vets!
Did you go the VA agent in your town??? I know Kevin O'Conner works for Tyngsboro, but he is such a kind man, that really cares about the Vetrans, give him a ring, it cant do any harm.. if there is a way to get help he will know it... Please thank your father for his service from my family... I will keep you in my prayers...
Arma

El Monte, CA

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Oct 25, 2010
 
The VA has made it difficult for some veterans to get benefits. I was a Korean veteran attached to the Korean Army located out in the country. We were only 3 American among hundreds of Korean soldiers. I contacted an infection and have never been able to get a benefit from it. There's no records, since I was seen by Korean doctors who kept no records. The place was full of bacteria. My infection never showed up at discharged.
My case has been denied.
Just Me

Newtonville, MA

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Oct 26, 2010
 
Arma wrote:
The VA has made it difficult for some veterans to get benefits. I was a Korean veteran attached to the Korean Army located out in the country. We were only 3 American among hundreds of Korean soldiers. I contacted an infection and have never been able to get a benefit from it. There's no records, since I was seen by Korean doctors who kept no records. The place was full of bacteria. My infection never showed up at discharged.
My case has been denied.
Does the infection still bother you today?
Transparent

Virgin Islands, U.S.

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Oct 28, 2010
 
Why doesnt Billerica ever advertise veteran benefits. I went there a lot and the woman at the front desk always told me goodbye! I need help but it's not in billerica. Where can a veteran go when he cant get help from the billerica veterans office? I been treated real bad there.
Kenneth

Marshall, NC

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Dec 12, 2010
 
I'm not familar with the VA in Maine but have you tried going to another VA?? I drive over two hours to go to the Houston VA where I Have excellent service...My prayers are with your father..
Good Luck with the VA wrote:
The VA is a joke. I have never seen anything run like it. I have had many sleepless nights worrying about my father and we have been fighting the VA for over 8 years. We should be helping anyone that fought for our county but we are not!! Every time I think we might be over the hill they through something else at him. The red tape and circles just do not stop. Time for someone new to stand up for not only Vietnam Vets but all Vets!
waler

Flemington, NJ

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Jan 14, 2011
 
I have only had positive experiences with the VA especially in assisting me with filing and receiving a disability rating for Parkinsons. I suggest utilizing your local rep.
I urge other VietNam vets with Parkinsons to file a claim.

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