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Heart Disease added to Agent Orange Vietnam Vets

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Since: Mar 08

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#1 Nov 14, 2009
October 13, 2009 Secretary Shinseki decided to establish service-connection for Vietnam Veterans with B cell leukemias, such as hairy cell leukemia; Parkinson's disease; and ischemic heart disease. This is based on an independent study by the Institute of Medicine showing an association with exposure to Agent Orange. Vietnam veterans with these diseases may be eligible

Vietnam Veterans
Veterans who served in-country Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 (including those who visited Vietnam even briefly) and who have a disease that VA recognizes as being associated with exposure to Agent Orange are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange. Vietnam veterans with these specific diseases do not have to show that their diseases are related to their military service to get disability compensation.

I have both as listed below:
ischemic heart disease: ischemic (is-KEY-mic) heart disease, also called coronary artery disease or coronary heart disease,

Diabetes Type 2: I have also and get 20% Disability for my Diabetes:
I was also tested for Diabetes type 2 in March of 2005 by QTC Medical in Oklahoma City -
I had a NEW medical testing done per VA - By QTC Medical in Oklahoma City in Sept. 2009 -

Nov. 3rd I got a letter saying I can only get 20% for my Diabetes caused by Agent Orange - As for my Heart Disease I was told sorry not do to Agent Orange!(NO one in my family had or has heart disease ) Even my Dr's ( At the VA ) have said it is caused by my service in Vietnam!


In the pages of Agent Orange it is stated - A veteran does not have to show proof HE OR SHE -( Vietnam veterans with these specific diseases do not have to show that their diseases are related to their military service to get disability compensation.)

But I am turned down with proof what I have?

I am getting tired of the run a round and set backs!
To me Veterans Affairs is not going by there own web side and rules and disease's listed and added to Agent Orange!
As stated before I am not asking for something I am not owed and trying to live on $985 a month is not easy! I stated before I have been working for years to get Heart Diseases list on causes by Agent Orange to only be turned down on my own claim!

Since: Mar 08

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#2 Nov 14, 2009
No matter HOW old or what war you were in the paper work and red tape is one big mess! To file a claim is work and a fight every step of the way to get what one needs today to make life better but Veterans Affairs makes it very very HARD! Most go homeless or louse what he or she has over paper work! Back logs on paper work from months to years to get what is owed to a veteran! It's sad but so true and I been fighting for years - But I feel they want you to die so they do not have to take care of you and lag paper work to end the case!
Sad but thousands die each year waiting for care and money to live on!

Since: Mar 08

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#3 Dec 12, 2009
I was told of a delay on NEW Agent Orange claims on ischemic heart disease - I have not seen any delays on this as of today looking at VA's web site!
I have filed and have Appointmet to see Dr's on this and all paper work has been submited!
If you fall in to any of the Agent Orange disease get help or fill out the paper work and get it into Veterans Affairs the sooner the better!

Good Luck
alvin e thomas

United States

#4 Dec 15, 2009
I am a 1966 Vietnam Veteran who suffered 4-5 Ischemic Strokes in 1996. I was turned down in 1997 for a claim for this. Now I have another claim in, now that VA has recognized Ischemic as Agent Orange related. I also have hypertension, sleep apnea and low vitamins. I was only 53 when I suffered these strokes. Congressman Filner has a bill in supporting US Navy Veterans who congress deliberatly elimanated from VA claims for Ischemic Strokes. VA should be closed down!!!! They needed a new director and claims agents. The agents should have fought this like mad.
Steve Cradick

Pryor, OK

#5 Dec 16, 2009
Hey guys just keep plugging away, it took me over 18 months to receive 40% for hearing loss and PDSD back in 03. Last night I submitted a claim for Ischemic Heart Disease, suffered major heart attack, had stint put in in early 05 for blockage. Now with 2 War Fronts the process is at a crawl.....don't give up!!!!!! Please don't give up. I'll bug them everyday if thats what it takes.

Since: Mar 08

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#6 Dec 16, 2009
Yes very true Steve Cradick:

It will take time for all of us but if you are turned down as I was once for Ischemic Heart Disease I did refile the next day!
Also I have Congressmen in my area looking into it and watching what is going on with my claim*
Just keep pushing paper work and it will happen!
I am on 2nd push for the Heart disease and have now gotten Dr's appointment for that claim - Veterans Affairs sent letter back with Dr's to go see again - It's a game but one must play the Goverment games to get what is due!

Keep in touch steve
alvin e thomas

United States

#7 Dec 17, 2009
Its a shame we have to fight so hard for what is due to us. Vietnam Veteran and I have had 4-5 Ischemic Strokes in 1996. I have claims in again for it, due to being turned down in 1997. Now they are turning us down because we are US Navy. Yeh, this country takes care of its veterans. I can no longer go to city meetings nor schools representing veterans, because I am ashame of the Veterans Administration. I can't believe those people are veterans at the VA claims offices?
Loving Wife

United States

#8 Dec 18, 2009
Reading this makes me worry more! My husband got really sick about 6 monhs ago. His Vietnam service predated our relationship so therefore we didnt talk about it nor had he ever used any VA benefits. But now that he is being put on the Heart transplant list due to Ischemic Heart Disease, I talked him into trying to see if we could at least get him some help with medications as our copays alone are getting way out of hand.(food or meds...cant live without either!) Only then did we find out about presumptive agent orange conditions. He has had this issue since he had a quintuple bypass in 96! There is NO family history ANYWHERE as well.....it had been a family joke that maybe he had "a different dad" but the past month since we filed our informal claim has been very "educational" at best. But as I understood from all of my research was that all we had to prove was that yes he served at least 1 day in country in RVN and that he has Type 2 diabetes and Ischemic Heart Disease.

How could they not honor that claim? It's so frustrating since it is very possible that my days left with my husband are being numbered by red tape....

Side-note; I have a friend that works in VA claims payments and she said they have not been authorized to approve any ischemic claims before June 2010..... I dont know if we have that long.

Since: Mar 08

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#9 Dec 20, 2009
Yes if it was ME I would still sign up for VA Medical and for his MEDS!
I also have heard there is a delay in Ischemic claims but have seen nothing in writing as of yet from the VA:
Still file as the date you file is the date you get back pay from - I have used the VA for all my medical and I have NO problems with health care I have gotten -

Wish you both well
alvin e thomas

United States

#10 Dec 25, 2009
Ischemic strokes must have medical proof of being caused by Ischemic heart diease. per the VA. Get Senators and Congressmen involved! This is going to be a mess and VA is going to make it as hard for us as possible. I suffered 4-5 Ischemic strokes and have claims in now. But, if you are Navy, you must prove you were in the "brown waters"! They are saying, "screw the Navy and Air Force". Yes that good ole Veterans Administration is really taking care of its vets, and being paid for it, by its vets. The VA should be put in charge of watching all of the Congress money, there would be refunds of our taxes, after they were through. WELCOME HOME, AGAIN!

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#11 Dec 26, 2009
Yes true on the Congressmne and or Senators -
I have both checking into this at this time!
*What I got from Veterans Affairs via U S Mail is they are waiting on guidence on Ischemic Heart Diease - They will go back on file date for claim - KEY here is to file NOW - Wait time on this I was told could be 60 days to 90 days!
Send in Any and ALL paper work to the VA - Also have your congressmen or women push this for you!
**Note** Veterans Affairs does not like Senators or congressmen checking on claims so NO matter what YOU do file the claim!
Duane Brudvig

AOL

#12 Jan 18, 2010
I served in Vietnam from 69-70. Lived in the areas where Agent Orange was sprayed. Passed a physical to get in to the Army, passed a flight physical, then when I got out I started having high blood pressure and heart murmurs. Five years ago I had two open heart surgeries and I have heart valve problems. I wear a defribillator now. I have filed a claim and I am waiting to find out what the new regulation is going to be so I can get my claim settled. When is this going to happen? How much longer do I have to wait?

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#13 Jan 18, 2010
Duane Brudvig wrote:
I served in Vietnam from 69-70. Lived in the areas where Agent Orange was sprayed. Passed a physical to get in to the Army, passed a flight physical, then when I got out I started having high blood pressure and heart murmurs. Five years ago I had two open heart surgeries and I have heart valve problems. I wear a defribillator now. I have filed a claim and I am waiting to find out what the new regulation is going to be so I can get my claim settled. When is this going to happen? How much longer do I have to wait?
Wait time? I do not know any more then I was sent - 90 days or it could be longer - main thing is to file - ASAP I will post on any updates I get via the VA or what is said in the NEWS - It could be much longer it's any ones guess working with the government:
LBB4498

United States

#14 Jan 21, 2010
So... who has to write the new regulations, and when do we find out when the VA will be authorized to act on these claims?

My husband filed a claim on 12/01/09 - 2 weeks after quadruple bypass surgery. But, he filed previously in 2005 and it was denied (They said there was evidence of coronary artery disease, but no evidence that it was service connected.)

NVLSP says the VA will be required to readjudicate the 2005 claim when they act on his 2009 claim. It will be interesting to see how (and when) this all plays out!

Since: Mar 08

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#15 Jan 21, 2010
*What I got from Veterans Affairs via U S Mail is they are waiting on guidence on Ischemic Heart Diease - They will go back on file date for claim - KEY here is to file NOW - Wait time on this I was told could be to 90 days or could be 120 days, letter I got back stated until some sort of Guidence on how to do the claims.
FILE no matter what.
RonP

Green Ridge, MO

#16 Jan 23, 2010
Duane Brudvig wrote:
I served in Vietnam from 69-70. Lived in the areas where Agent Orange was sprayed. Passed a physical to get in to the Army, passed a flight physical, then when I got out I started having high blood pressure and heart murmurs. Five years ago I had two open heart surgeries and I have heart valve problems. I wear a defribillator now. I have filed a claim and I am waiting to find out what the new regulation is going to be so I can get my claim settled. When is this going to happen? How much longer do I have to wait?
I left there in 72 and had the same problems. I had to get an aortic valve replaced, had seven cardiac arrests, and now am on my third pacemaker and defibrillator. I also had three strokes. Yes, I think Agent Orange had an impact on many of us and yet the VA doesn't wish to acknolwedge that. Why did they wait 38 years to now claim this connection? Were they waiting for all of us to die from heart disease?
Ken1569

Duncan, OK

#17 Jan 23, 2010
RonP wrote:
<quoted text>I left there in 72 and had the same problems. I had to get an aortic valve replaced, had seven cardiac arrests, and now am on my third pacemaker and defibrillator. I also had three strokes. Yes, I think Agent Orange had an impact on many of us and yet the VA doesn't wish to acknolwedge that. Why did they wait 38 years to now claim this connection? Were they waiting for all of us to die from heart disease?
Sorry to hear about ALL your problems - Again file for it NOW - I just go a NEW letter saying I will hear from some time in April 2010 - I had to re do paper work and I had to see doctors other than VA doctors - but do file and do the paper work and see doctory they might send you to as they did me NOW twice - I also have my Congresswomen working on it with me!
what ever you do FILE:
LBB4498

United States

#18 Jan 23, 2010
Ken,
Good for you - stay with it!

We just got a letter scheduling my husband to go to VA Hospital & bring his list of meds and a copy of a recent echocardiagram he had. The letter had a statement about them waiting for the rules to be finalized before action would be taken on the claim, but there was no time frame listed for when that might happen.
a billy ayler

Bakersfield, CA

#19 Jan 25, 2010
I just read somplace that for those exposed to AO and meet the boots on ground test, are presumed to be ill as a result of exposure as it relates to heart conditions

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#20 Jan 25, 2010
a billy ayler wrote:
I just read somplace that for those exposed to AO and meet the boots on ground test, are presumed to be ill as a result of exposure as it relates to heart conditions
yes true billy but YOU still have to see doctors as I have and you in my case had to see outside doctors that the VA sent me to (QTC Medical) to come up with same facts on said heart problems. They make it sound easy but you still have to do paper work and va medical files and then wait. Its not a 1 2 3 you won:

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