VA, Agent Orange, & PTSD Issues. __Articles and other helpful info........

Knowing that sooner or later, we may all face some kind of Agent Orange manifestation.  Many of us have already had some type of a Agent Orange related affiction impact our lives and our families.  On this page we wish to provide you with some helpful information so that you can be aware of the lastest news and findings.  You need to be fully knowledgeable of your rights as a veteran that served in South Vietnam and of the current VA status upon Agent Orange issues. The first thing that you need to know is that you and your family are not alone. Here below, you can find help and support from your veteran brothers and many other sources.

VA Claims: Are not welfare payments!
These are claims which are due to those who put their life and limb on the line fighting for our country.  There are good reasons why the money has been set aside for veterans with PTSD, Tinnitus, Service Connected Injuries, or Agent Orange related diseases.  Because the VA and US Congress realize that these services are due to those veterans who were willing to place country first.  Would you tell social security "not" to send your check that was earned by you?  These benefits not only effect the veterans but also their families. Many times our pride takes precedence over our own well being and the well being of our families.  (I said it many times in Nam as a grunt; "It don't mean nothing" - "Suck-it Up and keep moving")  However, it’s your hard earned benefits that we are talking about here.  And I have been told, that if a claim has been paid-out for 10 years preceding your death that your spouse may continue to receive those benefits?

Any claims that need letters substantiating injury or events can be obtained through the many men who served together.  And we have the perfect platform here on our website to help out each other.  You need to remember that when you are writing a letter of support for a brother, the VA person reading the letter may have never experienced war, or may have never been out of an air conditioned office. It is very important to write a very visual letter by using vivid descriptions to actually bring the person at the VA into that point of your life.  The more detail that you provide, the better they understand what you experienced in Vietnam while serving our country.

If you or your family members have questions, we have guys who are available and willing help you.  Please feel free to contact me (Gary Gilliam) for any questions you may have at 314-550-7260 (anytime) or by email: ggilliam@centurytel.net

Beside this page, you can also see our "Links Page" to find additional sources of assistance.

And if you have already had VA or Agent Orange issues impact your life... We wish to hear from you.  You have already traveled down a path that some of us are just starting to face today.  Your story and the insights that you have learned in working with a VA are of great value to anyone who is just beginning this journey.  Share with us and help your brothers....

Send your comments, write-ups, and info for posting to ... rparmley@verizon.net

AGENT ORANGE USAGE IN THE NORTHERN I CORP AREA . . . . . . Click here to see or print a facesheet

VA Help Contacts.....As listed by State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Veterans Help Contacts listed by State.PDF

Get a copy of your DD-214 . . . . . It's official; DD-214's can now be easily ordered on-line. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following two websites for veterans to gain access and order their DD-214's on-line: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ or http://send108.com/out/goto.php?sid=4183&cid=978814&uid=155447771&sess=vjwidzqcllzridw&g=11614

This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment or medical purposes. The NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.

June 18, 2012

Agent Orange Fast Track Claims Processing System. . . . . . . . . https://www.fastrack.va.gov/AOFastTrack/

This website is dedicated to helping veterans speed-up the processing of claims for Vietnam Veterans who are claiming service connection for any of the following conditions: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ischemic Heart Disease __________________________________________________________________________________________ Hairy Cell and other B-Cell Leukemias _________________________________________________________________________ Parkinson's Disease ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Prostate Cancer _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia _________________________________________________________________________________ Hodgkin's Disease ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma _______________________________________________________________________________________ --- Multiple Myeloma

July 12, 2010

New VA issues fact sheet on new PTSD claims regulations . . . . . . . http://va.gov/PTSD_QA.pd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     
___Oct. 13, 2009  
                                                                                                                                                                             The VA Extends "Agent Orange" Benefits to More Veterans Parkinson's Disease, and Two Other Illnesses Recognized

WASHINGTON - Relying on an independent study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, decided to establish a service-connection for Vietnam Veterans with three specific illnesses based on the latest evidence of an association with the herbicides referred to as Agent Orange. The illnesses affected by the recent decision are hairy cell leukemia; Parkinson's disease; and ischemic heart disease.

Used in Vietnam to defoliate trees and remove concealment from the enemy, Agent Orange left a legacy of suffering and disability that continues to the present.   Between January 1965 and April 1970, an estimated 2.6 million military personnel who served in Vietnam were potentially exposed to sprayed Agent Orange. In practical terms, Veterans who served in Vietnam during the war and who have a "presumed" illness don't have to prove an association between their illnesses and their military service.  This "presumption" simplifies and speeds up the application process for benefits.                                                                                                                           

The Secretary's decision brings to 15 the number of presumed illnesses recognized by VA. "We must do better reviews of illnesses that may be connected to service, and we will," Shinseki added. "Veterans who endure health problems deserve timely decisions based on solid evidence." Other illnesses previously recognized under VA's "presumption" rule as being caused by exposure to herbicides during the Vietnam War are:  (Each of these are links below are to the lastest information available from the VA)

Acute and Subacute Transient Peripheral Neuropathy
AL Amyloidosis
Chloracne
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)
Hodgkin's Disease
Multiple Myeloma
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
Prostate Cancer
Respiratory Cancers, and 
Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, or Mesothelioma)
Additional information about Agent Orange and VA's services and programs for Veterans exposed to the chemical are available at www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange.

VVA Self-Help Guide to Service-Connected Disability Compensation for Exposure to Agent Orange. http://www.vva.org/Guides/AgentOrangeGuide.pdf

A link to an interesting article from "Bob Seitz" on the lingering effects of agent orange..."How Agent Orange has impacted multiple generations, Here and There"

Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.  Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA.  Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know.  Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it.  You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you -- and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.

Appeals http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch05.doc
Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/

CARES Commission http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/

CARES Draft National Plan http://www1.va.gov/cares/page.cfm?pg=105  

Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

Center for Veterans Enterprise http://www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm

Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/

Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000016.html

Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html

Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service  http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/part6%20/ch07.doc

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page http://www.va.gov/  

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view

Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp  http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm

Due Process http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch02.doc  

Duty to Assist http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch01.doc

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/

Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf

Environmental Agents http://www1.va.gov/environagents/

Environmental Agents M10 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1002

Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=315  

EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR GULF WAR AND IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHandbook1303122304.DOC  and http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1158

See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DepletedUraniumFAQSheet.doc  

EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR NON-GULF WAR VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHANDBOOKNONGW130340304.DOC  

Fee Basis, PRIORITY FOR OUTPATIENT MEDICAL SERVICES AND INPATIENT HOSPITAL CARE http://www1.va..gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=206 Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf OR, http://www1.va..gov/opa/vadocs/current_benefits.htm  

Forms and Records Request http://www.va.gov/vaforms/  

General Compensation Provisions http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter11_subchaptervi_.html

Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/  

Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG http://www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm

Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/VHIgulfwar.pdf

Gulf War Subject Index http://www1.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7&template=main&letter=A

Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/GWIllnessesQandAsIB1041.pdf  

Hearings  http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc

Homeless Veterans http://www1.va.gov/homeless/

HSR&D Home http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/  

Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/exams/index.htm
Ionizing Radiation http://www1.va.gov/irad/  

Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA http://www.vba.va.gov/EFIF/        

M 10 for spouses and children < http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1007  

M10 Part III Change 1 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1008

M21-1 Table of Contents http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html  
Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38CFR/BOOKC/PART4/S4_130.DOC  

Mental Health Program Guidelin es http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1094

Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers http://www.mirecc.med.va.gov/        

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp

My Health e Vet http://www.myhealth.va.gov/
NASDVA.COM http://nasdva.com/  

National Association of State Directors http://www.nasdva.com/

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention http://www.nchpdp.med.va.gov/postdeploymentlinks.asp

Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38cfr/bookc/part4/s4%5F124a.doc

OMI (Office of Medical Inspector) http://www.omi.cio.med.va.gov/

Online VA Form 10-10EZ https://www.1010ez..med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/

Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders http://www1.va.gov/resdev/funding/solicitations/docs/parkinsons.pdf  
and, http://www1.va.gov/padrecc/        

Peacetime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1131

Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteri_.html                                                              and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapterii_.html  
and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteriii_.html

Persian Gulf Registry http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1003  
This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005: http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1232

Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1006

Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc                                                     Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf  

Phase I PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1004

Phase II PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1005        

Policy Manual Index http://www.va.gov/publ/direc/eds/edsmps.htm  
Power of Attorney http://www.warms.vba..va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch03.doc                                             Project 112 (Including Project SHAD) http://www1.va.gov/shad/

Prosthetics Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=337

Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page http://www.vethealth.cio.med.va.gov/  

Public Health/SARS http://www..publichealth.va.gov/SARS/  

Publications Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/publications.cfm?Pub=4

Publications and Reports http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/pubs_individual.cfm?webpage=gulf_war.htm  

Records Center and Vault Homepage http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/default.html  

Records Center and Vault Site Map http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/sitemap.html  

REQUEST FOR AND CONSENT TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION FROM CLAIMANT'S RECORDS http://www.forms.va.gov/va/Internet/VARF/getformharness.asp?formName=3288-form.xft  

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002 http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/Minutes_April112002.doc  

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses
http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/ReportandRecommendations_2004.pdf

Research and Development http://www.appc1.va.gov/resdev/programs/all_programs.cfm

Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.html

Title 38 Index Parts 0-17
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv1_02.tpl  

Part 18
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv2_02.tpl

Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart AAcAc,A!"Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl  

Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also A,A 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here) http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl        

Title 38 PART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart B--DISABILITY RATINGS
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=ab7641afd195c84a49a2067dbbcf95c0&rgn=div6&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.2&idno=38

Title 38 A,A 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual. PART 4AcAc,A!"SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart AAcAc,A!"General Policy in Rating http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&rgn=div8&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.1..96.11&idno=38

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims http://www.vetapp.gov/  

VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) http://www.avapl.org/pub/PTSD%20Manual%20final%206.pdf  

VA Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html

VA Health Care Eligibility http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/home/hecmain.asp

VA INSTITUTING GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTION (GAF) http://www.avapl.org/gaf/gaf.html        

VA Life Insurance Handbook AcAc,A!" Chapter 3 http://www.insurance.va.gov/inForceGliSite/GLIhandbook/glibookletch3.htm#310

VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans http://valoans.com/va_facts_limits.cfm  

VA MS Research http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp  

VA National Hepatitis C Program http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/  

VA Office of Research and Development http://www1.va.gov/resdev/  

VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War http://www.va.gov/OAA/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp  

VA WMD EMSHG http://www1.va.gov/emshg/  

VA WRIISC-DC http://www.va.gov/WRIISC-DC/  

VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address http://www.va..gov/oig/hotline/hotline3.htm

Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service http://www.va.gov/rcs/Eligibility.htm  

Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page http://www.vba.va.gov/  

Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/  

VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/  

VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives http://www1.va.gov/health_benefits/page.cfm?pg=13  http://webmaila.juno.com/webmail/new/UrlBlockedError.aspx>

VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/

VHI Guide to Gulf War VeteransAcAc,A!(tm) Health http://www1.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gulfwar/istudy/index.asp  

Vocational Rehabilitation http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/  

Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/InterSubsistencefy04.doc  

VONAPP online http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp  

WARMS - 38 CFR Book C http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html  
Wartime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1110        
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey http://www.wri.med.va.gov/  

Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site http://www.gibill.va.gov/

What VA Social Workers Do http://www1.va.gov/socialwork/page.cfm?pg=3  

WRIISC Patient Eligibility http://www.illegion.org/va1.html

 

 

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