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Lester

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#344
Sep 3, 2010
 
I filed a claim in November 1996 for coronary heart disease and hypertension after having a heart attack in 1993. I was denied, reason being that although I did suffer from these conditions that I could not prove a service connection. Does anyone know how to check to see if I am on the retro review list? I filed a new claim in Nov 2010 and used my old claim number. Thanks and Good luck to all that is going through the same process.
Oldsault

Puerto Rico

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#345
Sep 3, 2010
 
Thank You

Laura

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for supporting our Vets in a time of need
Laura

United States

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#346
Sep 3, 2010
 
Lester wrote:
I filed a claim in November 1996 for coronary heart disease and hypertension after having a heart attack in 1993. I was denied, reason being that although I did suffer from these conditions that I could not prove a service connection. Does anyone know how to check to see if I am on the retro review list? I filed a new claim in Nov 2010 and used my old claim number. Thanks and Good luck to all that is going through the same process.
Lester,

Go to www.nvlsp.org and click on the article near the top of the page titled:

"Updated: VA to Add Parkinsonís, Ischemic Heart Disease and B Cell Leukemias to List of Agent Orange-Related Diseases, NVLSP Offers Advice on What Vets Should Do"

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) was involved in the Nehmer case, and they are making sure VA is reopening all the old cases. They want your info, and they will add you to their list.

You did the right thing by filing a new claim.

You could call the 800 # or send VA an email to get an answer to your question, or if you are using the services of a VSO, he/she should be able to find an answer for you in short order.

Good Luck!
Harold

Arlington, TX

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#347
Sep 3, 2010
 
Laura, I just read the article and it really gives me new hope. Thank you so much. SEMPER FI ! Harold
Laura

United States

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#348
Sep 4, 2010
 
SEMPER FI right back at ya, Harold!(My husband's Army, but I know you won't hold that against me.)

Our day is coming - we all need to stay positive.
larry meyer

Leesburg, IN

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#349
Sep 4, 2010
 
I have complained to the V.A. for years about my heart.
They run test in the mid 90's and they put a stent in 3 years ago.
Even though I have never filed for a claim,is there anyway to go back for back pay.
At that time there was no presumption of ischemic heart disease from agent orange and my DAV rept never advised me to file for a claim
Harold

Arlington, TX

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#350
Sep 4, 2010
 
I don't know, but I think you should file now and then fight for the back pay if they don't give it to you. GOOD LUCK!!
Mike N Az

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Sep 4, 2010
 

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So how can I find out the status of my claim I filed in Jan 2010? Is there an on line VA site I can enter my claim number in? Last I heard was that it was sitting at the rating board, and that was 3 or 4 months ago. Thanks
Laura

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#352
Sep 4, 2010
 
larry meyer wrote:
I have complained to the V.A. for years about my heart.
They run test in the mid 90's and they put a stent in 3 years ago.
Even though I have never filed for a claim,is there anyway to go back for back pay.
At that time there was no presumption of ischemic heart disease from agent orange and my DAV rept never advised me to file for a claim
Larry,

Harold is spot-on with his reply. If you haven't filed yet, please do so NOW. After you receive your rating, you can always work on establishing an earlier effective date.

Good Luck!
teapartygirl

AOL

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#353
Sep 4, 2010
 
For Harold and others:
My husband was like you and he filed in 1994 against Dow and they said he waited too late so we
didn't send the card back. My husband has had all
kinds of problems. Kidney stones, back surgerys, hypertension (1975) sterility, PTSD, 5 bypass heart, 3 stents, depression because he was turned
down and everytime (not to be racist), he saw Indian doctors for his illnes and he said he couldn't understand hardly anything they said. He got fed UP! I hope they have to pay back to the first time he filed!
Laura

United States

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#354
Sep 4, 2010
 
teapartygirl wrote:
For Harold and others:
My husband was like you and he filed in 1994 against Dow and they said he waited too late so we
didn't send the card back. My husband has had all
kinds of problems. Kidney stones, back surgerys, hypertension (1975) sterility, PTSD, 5 bypass heart, 3 stents, depression because he was turned
down and everytime (not to be racist), he saw Indian doctors for his illnes and he said he couldn't understand hardly anything they said. He got fed UP! I hope they have to pay back to the first time he filed!
Has your husband filed a claim for compensation with the VA?
If not, he needs to do so NOW.
Laura

United States

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#355
Sep 4, 2010
 
Mike N Az wrote:
So how can I find out the status of my claim I filed in Jan 2010? Is there an on line VA site I can enter my claim number in? Last I heard was that it was sitting at the rating board, and that was 3 or 4 months ago. Thanks
Mike,

Go to this web page:

https://iris.va.gov/scripts/iris.cfg/php.exe/...

Put in all your info and ask for the status of your claim, and they will check for you. There is no "instant" on-line query. It will take a day or 2, but they will look it up and let you know.

FYI - If your claim is for one of the 3 new presumptive diseases, the best they will be able to tell you is that your claim is deferred pending final approval on the new regulation. They won't be able to provide a decision on those until after 10/30/10.
Harold

Arlington, TX

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#356
Sep 5, 2010
 
I used the link to request information from VA about several of the questions I have as well as some of the others ask on this site. As soon as I get a reply I'll share it with everyone. Hang in there!
Harold
Richard C

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#357
Sep 5, 2010
 
Loving Wife wrote:
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.
Best thing to do is get a Disabled American Veterans repersentive to help you. Should be no question on his diabetes but they sure helped me. Call the DAV in your area
cres

Elk Grove, CA

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#358
Sep 6, 2010
 
I know this thread deals with heart disease. But does anyone know if they have linked strokes in vets to anything, or if a claim is possible? If there's another thread on that, please let me know.

I'm a Vietnam vet, just 62 yet I have had 3 strokes in the past couple of years and all the doctors say it doesn't make sense (I'm thin, in good shape, no family history, never smoked, etc.).

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Harold

Arlington, TX

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#359
Sep 6, 2010
 
cres,
Go ahead and file a claim and let VA sort it out. The worst they can do is deny tour claim, but it'll be on file if something changes in the future.
GOOD LUCK,
Harold
Laura

United States

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Sep 6, 2010
 
cres wrote:
I know this thread deals with heart disease. But does anyone know if they have linked strokes in vets to anything, or if a claim is possible? If there's another thread on that, please let me know.
I'm a Vietnam vet, just 62 yet I have had 3 strokes in the past couple of years and all the doctors say it doesn't make sense (I'm thin, in good shape, no family history, never smoked, etc.).
Thanks.
The new "final rule" has a note at the end that reads:

"For purposes of this section, the term ischemic heart disease does not include hypertension or peripheral manifestations of
arteriosclerosis such as peripheral vascular disease or stroke, or any other condition that does not qualify within the generally
accepted medical definition of Ischemic heart disease."

So, there is no Agent Orange presumption for the strokes.
But - that doesn't mean there is no viable claim. Could they be a secondary condition as a result of something else that's wrong? Have you had a stress test lately? You don't have to have a heart attack for Ischemic Heart Disease to be present.

My husband has IHD, but he is also diabetic - and is being rated for peripheral vascular disease secondary to his service-connected diabetes.

Hope this helps a little - Good Luck!
cres

Elk Grove, CA

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#361
Sep 6, 2010
 
Thanks. It does seem odd that they haven't linked stroke and nerve-related problems to agent orange and nerve agents (such as those sprayed to kill mosquitos).

But from what I've read here I will file - it seems they're discovering things and if you have a claim on file it dates back to that point.

Thanks.
teapartygirl

AOL

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#362
Sep 6, 2010
 
Laura wrote:
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Has your husband filed a claim for compensation with the VA?
If not, he needs to do so NOW.
Yes he has. That is why he is so depressed! He has been
claiming since 2001
Laura

United States

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Sep 7, 2010
 
teapartygirl wrote:
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Yes he has. That is why he is so depressed! He has been
claiming since 2001
Teapartygirl,

If your husband filed a VA claim for heart disease in 2001, he will have pretty good pile of retro money coming.

Best Wishes!

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