steve

Pflugerville, TX

#1029 Nov 1, 2010
vetga wrote:
Is there a time limit how long it takes the Dr to do report after you have you C & P exam? I had PTSD exam in mid Sept and the Dr said the report would be done in about 2 weeks and here it is 6 weeks later and still report is not done. So this is holding up my IHD claim. The Dr. in not a VA Dr and only come to VA on Fridays and not every Friday. Is there anything I can do to get the report completed?
i had a similar situation where the dematologist only came to the va clinic on wednesday. seems like it took about 4 months to get the first check.
rob levine

Philadelphia, PA

#1030 Nov 1, 2010
just got off phone with DAV REP HE STATED THAT THEY WERE DOING 100 cases or more a day in PHILADELLPHIA, PA REGION for the 3 new diseases and people would all have their back pay in november and december that the cases were rated it was figuring out how far back claims go new claims file in september and forward would take longer. mine was filed january 2010 so i expect to see payday in november 2010. good luck all over and out.
LouAnn Campbell

AOL

#1031 Nov 1, 2010
Hi everyone, here we are in Novemeber and waiting with baited breath for a check to appear. It will be soon, I'm sure. As far as the offices moving it has happened to me also. My claim was filed in March when my husband passed away in St. Petersburg Florida, then sent to Philadelphia and as soon as the deadline of Oct. 31 was looming it was sent to Texas. I have 3 calims in though. One for widows benefits, 1 for burial allowance and then the Nehmer file that my husband had first filed in 2001. We have been very patient up to this point and I want to thank each and everyone of the Viet Nam Vets on this blog for their service and I know if you are anything like my hubby that you all left a part of yourselves in Viet Nam. God bless you everyone and your families. I hope we all check back here when this is all over to saw Hi every once in a while. Laura, you have been a Godsend. Thanks for all of your help.
Armyof1

Choctaw, OK

#1032 Nov 1, 2010
***NOTICE***
NEWS just in on Agent Orange:

VA Begins Paying Benefits for New Agent Orange Claims

VA Encourages Affected Vietnam Veterans to File Claims



WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun
distributing disability benefits to Vietnam Veterans who qualify for
compensation under recently liberalized rules for Agent Orange exposure.



"The joint efforts of Congress and VA demonstrate a commitment to
provide Vietnam Veterans with treatment and compensation for the
long-term health effects of herbicide exposure," said Secretary of
Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.



Up to 200,000 Vietnam Veterans are potentially eligible to receive VA
disability compensation for medical conditions recently associated with
Agent Orange. The expansion of coverage involves B-cell (or hairy-cell)
leukemia, Parkinson's disease and ischemic heart disease.



Shinseki said VA has launched a variety of initiatives - both
technological and involving better business practices - to tackle an
anticipated upsurge in Agent Orange-related claims.



"These initiatives show VA's ongoing resolve to modernize its processes
for handling claims through automation and improvements in doing
business, providing Veterans with faster and more accurate decisions on
their applications for benefits," Shinseki said.



Providing initial payments - or increases to existing payments - to the
200,000 Veterans who now qualify for disability compensation for these
three conditions is expected to take several months, but VA officials
encourage all Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and
suffer from one of the three diseases to make sure their applications
have been submitted.



VA has offered Veterans exposed to Agent Orange special access to health
care since 1978, and priority medical care since 1981. VA has been
providing disability compensation to Veterans with medical problems
related to Agent Orange since 1985.



In practical terms, Veterans who served in Vietnam during the war and
who have a "presumed" illness do not have to prove an association
between their illnesses and their military service. This "presumption"
simplifies and speeds up the application process for benefits.



The three new illnesses - B-cell (or hairy-cell) leukemia, Parkinson's
disease and ischemic heart disease - are added to the list of presumed
illnesses previously recognized by VA.



Other recognized illnesses under VA's "presumption" rule for Agent
Orange are:

* Acute and Subacute Transient Peripheral Neuropathy

* Chloracne

* Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

* Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)

* Hodgkin's Disease

* Multiple Myeloma

* Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

* Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

* Prostate Cancer

* Respiratory Cancers

* Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma,
Kaposi's sarcoma, or Mesothelioma)

* AL Amyloidosis



Veterans interested in applying for disability compensation under one of
the three new Agent Orange presumptives should go to
www.fasttrack.va.gov < http://www.fasttrack.va.gov/> ; or call
1-800-827-1000.



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Armyof1

Choctaw, OK

#1033 Nov 1, 2010
Ken1569 wrote:
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
**NOTICE***
NEWS just in On Agent Orange..........

VA Begins Paying Benefits for New Agent Orange Claims

VA Encourages Affected Vietnam Veterans to File Claims



WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun
distributing disability benefits to Vietnam Veterans who qualify for
compensation under recently liberalized rules for Agent Orange exposure.



"The joint efforts of Congress and VA demonstrate a commitment to
provide Vietnam Veterans with treatment and compensation for the
long-term health effects of herbicide exposure," said Secretary of
Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.



Up to 200,000 Vietnam Veterans are potentially eligible to receive VA
disability compensation for medical conditions recently associated with
Agent Orange. The expansion of coverage involves B-cell (or hairy-cell)
leukemia, Parkinson's disease and ischemic heart disease.



Shinseki said VA has launched a variety of initiatives - both
technological and involving better business practices - to tackle an
anticipated upsurge in Agent Orange-related claims.



"These initiatives show VA's ongoing resolve to modernize its processes
for handling claims through automation and improvements in doing
business, providing Veterans with faster and more accurate decisions on
their applications for benefits," Shinseki said.



Providing initial payments - or increases to existing payments - to the
200,000 Veterans who now qualify for disability compensation for these
three conditions is expected to take several months, but VA officials
encourage all Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and
suffer from one of the three diseases to make sure their applications
have been submitted.



VA has offered Veterans exposed to Agent Orange special access to health
care since 1978, and priority medical care since 1981. VA has been
providing disability compensation to Veterans with medical problems
related to Agent Orange since 1985.



In practical terms, Veterans who served in Vietnam during the war and
who have a "presumed" illness do not have to prove an association
between their illnesses and their military service. This "presumption"
simplifies and speeds up the application process for benefits.



The three new illnesses - B-cell (or hairy-cell) leukemia, Parkinson's
disease and ischemic heart disease - are added to the list of presumed
illnesses previously recognized by VA.



Other recognized illnesses under VA's "presumption" rule for Agent
Orange are:

* Acute and Subacute Transient Peripheral Neuropathy

* Chloracne

* Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

* Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)

* Hodgkin's Disease

* Multiple Myeloma

* Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

* Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

* Prostate Cancer

* Respiratory Cancers

* Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma,
Kaposi's sarcoma, or Mesothelioma)

* AL Amyloidosis



Veterans interested in applying for disability compensation under one of
the three new Agent Orange presumptives should go to
www.fasttrack.va.gov < http://www.fasttrack.va.gov/> ; or call
1-800-827-1000.



###





Cheryl Moore

Warsaw, IN

#1034 Nov 1, 2010
Laura we went to are appointment to file for Iscemic heart disease. The man that took are paper work said it looks as though right now he'll get 40 to 50% an 400 to 1000 dollars a mth, he said he wouldnt qualify for pension. An it will take 5 to 8 mths to hear anything back, he took his medical records an got sign release to get more from the VA hospital an the first hosptal an doctor we went to before the VA.
We took his medicene an he takes 8 diffrent medicine a day, All are paper work says Cardeovascular Disease, conjestive heart failure an he has a ICD inplant. Told him we tryed in o4 to get pension claiming cardiovascular disease an he said he would only get payed back to the point he filed this.He also said the only way I would qualify for medical help he had to be getting compinsation for 10yrs are die. He says we have a really good claim but of what ive read here , ICD/conjestive heart falure/cardiovascular disease qualifys for 100%, He even say I sound right , I told hm Ive been reading here alot, he seem not informed about the new presumtives, but asured him he was going to fight for him, Am I going still in the right direction, 100%? I asked about help with colleage for my only child an he said only to age 21 is that true?
Dan

Janesville, WI

#1035 Nov 1, 2010
I got through on the 800 number and talked to a fellow who told me my IHD claim, which was filed OCT 2009, was in the rating process. This could take up to 30 days, then I would recieved a letter when this is finished. I also have a stroke claim related to IHD which he told me is in the processing stage, all medical was recieved.

Good luck everyone. Thank you Laura for being so much help.
Gary

Evansville, IN

#1036 Nov 1, 2010
I have already filed a claim for Ischemic Heart Disease. I see on your forum should I file for the fast track claim as my claim was only filed in August 2010. I did not know this was a possible condition.
Billy

Elizabeth, NJ

#1037 Nov 1, 2010
Sure would like to know when somebody gets a check.
Sounds like it to good to be true. I put in a claim
in April 2010 for Ischemic Heart Disease, I had a heart attack and had
5 by passes in 2004. I did a tour in Vietnam 71 to 72. I keep getting a letter from the V.A. telling me that they are processing my claim and be patience, I guess thats good news. I have had two of these letters, seem like they are about 30 to 40 days apart. Does any one know how fast they expect to process the claims?
Laura

United States

#1038 Nov 1, 2010
Kate wrote:
I'm new to all of this and I have a couple of questions. Does the VA send you a confirmation that your claim was accepted before you start receiving compensation? Question #2, are all checks deposited in bank accounts or debit cards?
Kate (and others),
The "regular" monthly VA checks were processed last week. My husband's check was in the bank on Saturday morning.

When your claim is processed, the VA will send a letter explaining the breakdown and then they will mail you a check after that. If you have direct deposit set up already, it is likely the money will appear in your account before you get the letter in the mail.

After you receive the lump sum of back pay, the new monthly payments will begin the following month. Hope this explains things!
Laura

United States

#1039 Nov 1, 2010
vetga wrote:
Is there a time limit how long it takes the Dr to do report after you have you C & P exam? I had PTSD exam in mid Sept and the Dr said the report would be done in about 2 weeks and here it is 6 weeks later and still report is not done. So this is holding up my IHD claim. The Dr. in not a VA Dr and only come to VA on Fridays and not every Friday. Is there anything I can do to get the report completed?
vetga,
How do you know the doctor hasn't done your PTSD C&P report yet?
If you have means of contact with the doctor or his staff, you could politely encourage them to get the report in, but there isn't much else to do at this point.

FYI, I'm not sure the PTSD issue will hold up your IHD Nehmer claim, because those claims MUST receive priority treatment as per the Nehmer court order.

Good Luck!
Laura

United States

#1040 Nov 1, 2010
steve wrote:
this is such a huge deals for the veterans and i find it kinda funny no update of any kind on va website. sure hope it's not hurry up and wait again.
Steve,
Funny you should mention that - the VA issued a news release this afternoon to say they are starting to mke payments on thee new Agent Orange presumptives.

Here is a link to the news release:
http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease....

We're getting there, folks!
GBBB

Virginia Beach, VA

#1041 Nov 1, 2010
I severed in Vietnam from 1967-1970. Then I seved in the Navy go out in 1993. I am now having problems Diabeties, High blood presure, etc. Now I found out I have sleep apnea. I am on disability for 40% trying to get more for sleep apnea. Does anyone know if VA covers for sleep apnea even though its not in medical records? Back in my days in the service I didn't hear about sleep apnea, like you do now.
Laura

United States

#1042 Nov 1, 2010
GARRY OWEN wrote:
Laura, not mean to get off subject. In 1968 I was with the 1st Air Cav. We went into A Shau Valley, thats where Hambuger Hill is at but the Cav went in a year before. It was on the Laos border. There was no place to land choppers because of the jungle. Me and about six other men had to reppell from a chopper with chain saws and weapons to clear trees etc on top of a mountain so we could land choppers with troops. Something happened to my reppelling ring and I fell on my back, about 15 feet. I did my job and didn't think about it, it was bad country. In 1983 I put in a claim for my back and was denied and was aworded 10%. I now have all the paper work that shows I was there. I'm going to put in another claim don't know if it will be approved, been so long. I have the paper that denied it, papers that showed I was there, and a Valorius Unit Award for the actions. What do you think?? Thanks for your help.
Garry,
You need to send them a letter, and ask to have your claim re-opened. Include your claim # if you still have it.

27 years is a long time, but since you have the records now, you should let them know. Good Luck!
Laura

United States

#1043 Nov 1, 2010
Gary wrote:
I have already filed a claim for Ischemic Heart Disease. I see on your forum should I file for the fast track claim as my claim was only filed in August 2010. I did not know this was a possible condition.
Hi, Gary!
No, you can't file both ways - since you already siled, you cannot use the new fasttrack system. Best Wishes - Thank you for your service.
Mandy

Plano, TX

#1044 Nov 1, 2010
Laura wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi, Mandy!
OK here we go - Yes, your Mom will be eligible for DIC. She will also receive back pay from the time your father filed for IHD until his death. From that point forward, she will receive DIC.
And, the fact that he died from a service-connected disability will make her eligible for CHAMPVA. Click on this link for more info on that subject:
http://www4.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champ...
Finally, the "holding period" should be over soon - they should start paying claims tomorrow (11/01) now that the 60-day congressional review period has expired. Best Wishes!
Thank you Laura for taking the time out to reply! I will keep you update. Best wishes to everyone!
vetga

Statesboro, GA

#1045 Nov 1, 2010
I called the VA Regional office this morning and they said could not give me any information on IHD because there were waiting on the PTSD report as I had a claim in for that. The IHD claim and the PTSD was filed in Sept 2009. I then called the VA and asking if the report had been completed as I had never got a copy of it and had signed the form to receive a copy when completed. The lady told me that the Dr. was not a VA Dr. and he came in on Firdays but not every Firday. When the C & P exam was done in mid Sept the Dr. told me that he would have it completed in about 2 weeks and it has been 6 weeks. My orginal claim was filed in 2005 for IHD and denied.
Laura

United States

#1046 Nov 1, 2010
Cheryl Moore wrote:
Laura we went to are appointment to file for Iscemic heart disease. The man that took are paper work said it looks as though right now he'll get 40 to 50% an 400 to 1000 dollars a mth, he said he wouldnt qualify for pension. An it will take 5 to 8 mths to hear anything back, he took his medical records an got sign release to get more from the VA hospital an the first hosptal an doctor we went to before the VA.
We took his medicene an he takes 8 diffrent medicine a day, All are paper work says Cardeovascular Disease, conjestive heart failure an he has a ICD inplant. Told him we tryed in o4 to get pension claiming cardiovascular disease an he said he would only get payed back to the point he filed this.He also said the only way I would qualify for medical help he had to be getting compinsation for 10yrs are die. He says we have a really good claim but of what ive read here , ICD/conjestive heart falure/cardiovascular disease qualifys for 100%, He even say I sound right , I told hm Ive been reading here alot, he seem not informed about the new presumtives, but asured him he was going to fight for him, Am I going still in the right direction, 100%? I asked about help with colleage for my only child an he said only to age 21 is that true?
Cheryl,
You did the right thing. You turned it all over to a VSO, and he will file the paperwork for you. He does not decide - or even make a recommendation - about the rating, so don't worry about whether or not he has that part right.

"Chronic" congestive heart failure is 100%, and so is having an AICD implanted. Don't worry about the 5-8 month estimate right now, either - because no one knows how long it's going to take the VA to get a handle on these claims and get caught up. It may take that long, or it may be quicker. We just don't know yet.

Regarding health care, you would be eligible if the VA determines your husband to be "permanently and totally disabled". The same thing goes for the educational benefits - so, if your hubby ends up rated as permanently & totally disabled then go back to the VSO and he will know how to handle that. But - if he's not rated 100% P&T, neither of these benefits would apply.

Good Luck, Cheryl - please keep us posted!
Laura

United States

#1047 Nov 1, 2010
Billy wrote:
Sure would like to know when somebody gets a check.
Sounds like it to good to be true. I put in a claim
in April 2010 for Ischemic Heart Disease, I had a heart attack and had
5 by passes in 2004. I did a tour in Vietnam 71 to 72. I keep getting a letter from the V.A. telling me that they are processing my claim and be patience, I guess thats good news. I have had two of these letters, seem like they are about 30 to 40 days apart. Does any one know how fast they expect to process the claims?
Billy,
I agree, and sure hope people stop in to let us know when they get paid! It is good news that you're getting the letters - at least you know they aren't forgetting you!!

As you know, they started paying today - the word I got is they are processing the Nehmer claims chronologically, so let's hope you see something by Christmas!

Please, PLEASE let us know when you hear something!
Laura

United States

#1048 Nov 1, 2010
GBBB wrote:
I severed in Vietnam from 1967-1970. Then I seved in the Navy go out in 1993. I am now having problems Diabeties, High blood presure, etc. Now I found out I have sleep apnea. I am on disability for 40% trying to get more for sleep apnea. Does anyone know if VA covers for sleep apnea even though its not in medical records? Back in my days in the service I didn't hear about sleep apnea, like you do now.
GBBB,

VA will pay for sleep apnea, but it is not a presumptive condition.(By the way, you are collecting for your diabetes, right?)

So, since it's not a presumptive condition you must show a direct connection to your military service, or you must show that it is secondary to another service-connected condition.

For example, if your doctor is willing to say it has been brought on as a side effect of diabetes medicine - or maybe your weight gain is causing the sleep apnea, and the weight gain was caused by your diabetes, etc. I'm not saying either of those strategies will definitely work - just trying to illustrate what you will need to show to have a shot with them. Good Luck!

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