Health Issues from Viet Nam

Discuss your experiences with the VA and offer information that may be of assistance to others who seek help from the Veterans Administration.
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Richard Garza - Charlie Company

Postby Delta75 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:14 pm

I have been 100% PTSD for 10 years. I was denied the first time and they wanted more evidence, then I finally got 30%. My best friend Sam Quintana (also from 6/31) told me to come to HIS home state of N.M. and file there. He took me to all his VA people and I finally got it there (in about 4 months),but I lived with him for a while.. I will be in Ohio for the reunion and I will bring some CD's that will help vets get better results. Combat friends of mine have put this CD together and it has been very helpful.
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Michael Sapara - Alpha Company

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George Williams - Alpha Company

Postby Delta75 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:09 pm

Thanks very much for information on Vietnam Health Issues. I appreciate your support on these issues. I went to the County Veterans Commission hear in Cleveland, Ohio and was informed how to go about getting registered & seen at the local VA Hospital. I am presently healthy but continue to be seen at the VA for my hearing and psychological counseling. I am registered as being exposed to Agent Orange at least if something unfortunate happens to me later. The Veterans Commissions should be able to help individuals with paperwork on benefits I am told.
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John O'Hara - Bravo Company

Postby Delta75 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:22 pm

You should apply for VA benefits using an outside agency, such as DAV,
VFW, Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) or local county
veterans organizations, taking the lead in your application. Make
sure they are identified in your application as representing you. If
you do, they will be cc'd on any correspondence from the VA to you.

They will follow-up with the VA and keep track of your application.
You should NOT respond to the VA directly withouit consulting with the
outside agency you chose.

Such outside agency will also instruct you as to what issues you
should apply for, PTSD, neuropathy, etc.

NEVER apply directly to the VA without using an outside veterans
agency such as those listed above.

You can and should use these outside agencies in any appeals you file!!!
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Luis Reyna - Bravo Company

Postby Delta75 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:39 pm

I am a volunteer at a VA clinic here in San Antonio TX, since I am retired. We have three different service officers from different organizations that help our veterans.

In the VA clinic we have two organizations.

Disable American Veterans DAV, service officers

Texas Commission, service officers

Military Order of the Purple Heart MOPH, service officers at Fort Sam Houston

Since I am a Purple Heart recipient, I belong to the MOPH 1836 here in San Antonio and I have talked to the MOPH service officers. But the ones that have really help me are the DAV service officers. A veteran needs representation by the DAV or MOPH service officers. Some of us do not know how to answer questions from the VA or fill the forms. However if we do not have any information in our military records is hard for the VA to make a decision. I would like to recommend for our patriots to talk to they primary doctors at the VA and ask help for PTSD, the VA has some many different classes and specialize doctors in this areas. We need to have some kind of treatment in our records in order for the VA to make a good valid review. I requested my military records and took them to the DAV officer, they submitted the correct paper work for my claims.

I am an active Life Member of the DAV chapter 5 and MOPH chapter 1836 here in San Antonio TX. The members and officers of the chapters help each other with news and updates of issues and information from the VA and local government offices.
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Mike Lichty - Alpha Company

Postby Delta75 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:10 am

I have successfully applied and received benefits from the V.A. regarding presumed Agent Orange diseases. If anyone wants to discuss it with me I can be reached at 949-310-7637.
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Mack McCray

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Lloyd Marc "Canal" Jones - Echo Company

Postby Delta75 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:54 pm

I just wanted to weigh in on the benefits issue.
As well as being denied agent orange bennies, they previously told me if i challenged a claim i could lose what was previously awarded.
Thanks for all that you do concerning the brotherhood. Marc.
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Joe Mumper - Delta Company

Postby Delta75 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:18 pm

i had a kidney tumor (mlignant) removed in 2001. the va said soft tissue carcinonma was not covered , not on the list, an i was not eligible




for help. my urologist said the cost to fight it would be greater than any help if i did win. so much for taking care of the "soldier boys".




i have heard the iraq veterans are being treated even worse. look for a video titled " beyond treason ".




joe mumper , co. d , 1968
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Re: Health Issues from Viet Nam

Postby Ron » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:39 am

I myself have recently filed for disability relating to PTSD & Tinnitus to the VA. If it weren't for me dealing with the Veterans Affairs officer here in town I don't think I wouldn't have made much headway as much as I have. In sending away for documents to claim for Benefits & Disability one has to realize that the days of 'paper trail' are almost non-existent. Don't attempt it alone in filing claims as you'll find out that some documents are now obsolete and you won't find out until 6 - 12 mos. from now when the VA informs you to re-submit the correct ones! If it hadn't been for my VA officer catching the wrong Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) given to me and a physiologist by another VA rep. I might still be at it 6 mos. from now trying to submit documents, even if another officer thought the forms were correct. In other words, not all areas of the VA system are up to speed on the correct forms for us to use. For all the copies I made plus documentation from personal specialist and medical professions, birth certificate, SS#, etc, it all ended up being copied electronically.
Information from other replies about going through the American Legion, VFW or Veteran Affairs would be the true course to follow, unless of course you prefer dealing with a lawyer and shelling out a few dollars. I was also informed that if one were to personally mail those documents in themselves there might be a chance of it all being lost in the USPS or VA system! Oops! :oops:
The VA system isn't all the same from state to state either. I know of fellow veterans that ran into complications when they moved and became frustrated with how things were handled. Bureaucracy at its best! But then again, some veterans are having the best of care possible.
What I'm trying to say is don't do it alone! S____ Happens! :o
Good luck on your claims!

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