Heart Disease and agent orange

Chaneyann Community Member September 27, 2008
  • I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the angent orange contributing to heart disease.  If anyone knows a Doctor that thinks that Agent Orange may have contributed to the cause of heart Disease. Thanks

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  • john z
    Feb. 01, 2012

    i am receiving disability for ptsd. i was told  by the va i might want to file another claim for Ischemic heart disease caused by abent orange i obtained in vietnam.write me at jlziesing@yahoo.com

  • Jazmyn S
    Mar. 08, 2011

    What are the effects passed down through generations due to AO? & Where can I find studies??

    My fiancee's father just passed away in Oct from a heart condition that they believe may have been due to AO exposure.  He also suffered from a brain aneurism 20 years ago & now the family wonders if that may have been due to AO as well!! ...

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    What are the effects passed down through generations due to AO? & Where can I find studies??

    My fiancee's father just passed away in Oct from a heart condition that they believe may have been due to AO exposure.  He also suffered from a brain aneurism 20 years ago & now the family wonders if that may have been due to AO as well!!  Recently my fiancee, 28 yr old male, has wondered if some family health issues could have been things that were passed down from his father's exposure ...??  He has 2 older siblings with heart issues, 3 older siblings with Diabetic issues & he himself seems to have a lowered immune system as well as respiratory issues that cause asthma type reactions & such.  At what point do you decide whether these things are simply hereditary or if they have something to do with his fathers exposure to AO??  We'd like to look up information to research the effetcs that are passed down through generations & possibly go the route of getting help from the VA if needs be.  Can anyone help?? 

    Please email me as I may not find this website again!! ... IMaQT811@juno.com  Or mail me on Facebook by the same email addy!!  Thank you so much!!  :o )

  • Nam65
    Dec. 05, 2010

    Has anyone with Atril Fibrillation been declined for Ischemic Heart failure.

  • DRS
    DRS
    Nov. 06, 2010

    CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHERE WAS AO USED IN VIETNAM? WHAT AREAS?  It would be much appreciated. Thank-you

    • Nam65
      Dec. 05, 2010

      Go to google and enter AO Maps.

  • Vince Lombardi
    Jul. 21, 2010

    The VA has one Heart Disease they see can be related to Agent Orange, but a rulling on it has not been made yet. You still have to file clame on this. The heart disease is called ischemic heart problems, has to due with some kind of blockeage. I been fighting this for years, telling them I have chest pains. Each time I go to the hospital and put in ICU they...

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    The VA has one Heart Disease they see can be related to Agent Orange, but a rulling on it has not been made yet. You still have to file clame on this. The heart disease is called ischemic heart problems, has to due with some kind of blockeage. I been fighting this for years, telling them I have chest pains. Each time I go to the hospital and put in ICU they tell me their is nothing wrong. Now I just had a stess test, now they say it looks like I could had a heart attack in the past, they are not sure. They will check this out and see and decide if I might need a stent in my heart. It's been going on since I been back from Nam, I guess it's better let then never.

     

    • gary
      Sep. 10, 2010

      in 2007 I had open heart surgery for a ruptured aorta.  I was very lucky that i didn't die.  I was taken to the closest hospital that was not a va hospital and they did the surgery.  The va paid for all the surgery and everything which amounted to over 175,000.00 dollars. I am very thankful for that.  I was wondering if this is related to...

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      in 2007 I had open heart surgery for a ruptured aorta.  I was very lucky that i didn't die.  I was taken to the closest hospital that was not a va hospital and they did the surgery.  The va paid for all the surgery and everything which amounted to over 175,000.00 dollars. I am very thankful for that.  I was wondering if this is related to agent orange because I never had any symptoms it just happened suddenly and I do have high blood pressure but do not smoke or drink and am not extremly overweight.  No relatives have history of heart disease.  The Doctors said it was something that just happens sometimes.  I was in Viet Nam from 1967-1968.

    • virgil davis
      Oct. 05, 2010

      I have just been released from the hospital for the fourth time for heart surgery. This time they told me that they cannot check for blockages of the heart through stress test, blood work or ekg's. The only way for them to tell if I have blockages is by doing an angeogram. I now have 15 stents in my heart and I am now worried about how many more they can put...

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      I have just been released from the hospital for the fourth time for heart surgery. This time they told me that they cannot check for blockages of the heart through stress test, blood work or ekg's. The only way for them to tell if I have blockages is by doing an angeogram. I now have 15 stents in my heart and I am now worried about how many more they can put in. They also told me that I cannot have open heart bypass surgery. If they do that it will be my last surgery.

    • carol Mickens
      Feb. 27, 2011

      Hello Virgil

      My husband had his first heart attack at 36 then had 3 more. He had a quadruple by pass then had to be palces on a transplant list. Needless to say he nevr received it; he died in 2002. I miss him so much.... He was the love of my life. I am now trying to claim widow benefits it has been 6 months. They keep telling me it is in the rating department....

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      Hello Virgil

      My husband had his first heart attack at 36 then had 3 more. He had a quadruple by pass then had to be palces on a transplant list. Needless to say he nevr received it; he died in 2002. I miss him so much.... He was the love of my life. I am now trying to claim widow benefits it has been 6 months. They keep telling me it is in the rating department. We have our last son 17 going to college in the fall. My husband would have been so very proud. I guess that we have to keep our fingers crossed for ecah other. Maybe the government is going to recognize Vietnam vets.

      Carol Mickens

  • Patriotic
    Jul. 13, 2010

    Any one who served in Vietnam should get the free Agent Orange health exam. It helps you determine if you have something that may be considered Agent orange Related.

  • Muggi
    Jun. 06, 2010

    I'm curious if there's been any data collected regarding AO and heart disease in the children of those exposed.  Anyone looked at this angle?

     

    My father did two tours, is currently 80% (I think?) disabled from AO exposure (prostate, leukemia).  Three years ago I was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy; I'm on medication and...

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    I'm curious if there's been any data collected regarding AO and heart disease in the children of those exposed.  Anyone looked at this angle?

     

    My father did two tours, is currently 80% (I think?) disabled from AO exposure (prostate, leukemia).  Three years ago I was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy; I'm on medication and had to have a defibrillator implanted about two months ago (I'm 34).  I'm the only one of my siblings conceived after my Dad's service.

     

    This whole heart disease thing has us scratching our heads, as there's zero history of it in our family.

    • JimA
      Jun. 12, 2010

      As a Vietnam Vet who was exposed to Agent Orange (AO) and also have suffered from heart disease since I was 37, I guess I too have a dog in this fight.  However, with that being said I feel that there is more to this issue than maybe meets the eye.

       

      Heart Disease in aging males is not a new condition.  In fact, just the opposite, it has been...

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      As a Vietnam Vet who was exposed to Agent Orange (AO) and also have suffered from heart disease since I was 37, I guess I too have a dog in this fight.  However, with that being said I feel that there is more to this issue than maybe meets the eye.

       

      Heart Disease in aging males is not a new condition.  In fact, just the opposite, it has been a disease that has been fought against for years.  My own father, who never got anywhere near AO suffered a major infarct when he was in his early 40's.  My grandfather died of an attack at age 53.  So, I view any fight with the VA to gain disability compensation for IHD as a service connected disability as an uphill battle all the way.

       

      I am aware of the recent announcement of the VA's intent to link IHD to AO and make it a presumed condition as a result of exposure, but yet from all I read I have yet to read of one single case of a Vet being able to establish that link and be successful in a Claim for compensation as a result of that link.  So where is the VA getting this info and why would they suddenly announce this intent when they have yet to acknowledge the link by approving even one single claim? 

       

      If anyone knows of one claim of AO exposure being established as responsible for post-service onset of IHD and the VA approving it and paying compensation, please let us know.

       

      Jim

    • Bill
      Jun. 12, 2010

      Yes I agree that this is something that all people can get, but when they have it in their family history.  My husband has IHD and NO ONE in his family has heart issues or diabetes.  He had his first heart attack when he was 48 and triple bypass when he was 57.  He can no longer work due to his heart, edema, CHF, memory issues, heart...

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      Yes I agree that this is something that all people can get, but when they have it in their family history.  My husband has IHD and NO ONE in his family has heart issues or diabetes.  He had his first heart attack when he was 48 and triple bypass when he was 57.  He can no longer work due to his heart, edema, CHF, memory issues, heart continues to go our of rhthm, cannot hear well, hard to breath...  Everyone in his family is healthy and he is an old 60 year old.  Now you tell me - was it because he served his country during the spraying of agent orange???? or is it his family history???

    • JimA
      Jun. 12, 2010

      The situation you describe is understood, however my question was not posted to invoke an arguement for or against AO and IHD, but rather to seek examples of any cases where the VA has previously acknowledged the probablilty and are actually paying a VET Compensation for the condition.  I have come across a lot of discussion of claims denied by the VA,...

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      The situation you describe is understood, however my question was not posted to invoke an arguement for or against AO and IHD, but rather to seek examples of any cases where the VA has previously acknowledged the probablilty and are actually paying a VET Compensation for the condition.  I have come across a lot of discussion of claims denied by the VA, I am looking for any claims that were approved.

       

      Jim

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jun. 12, 2010

      This is Bills wife.  I don't mean to sound argumentative, I am just stating our situation.  Everyone is entitled to be able to state their feelings - that is what makes this country so GREAT.  I just know what my husband is going through and there is no history of any of these diseases in his family.  My mother has heart disease, my father...

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      This is Bills wife.  I don't mean to sound argumentative, I am just stating our situation.  Everyone is entitled to be able to state their feelings - that is what makes this country so GREAT.  I just know what my husband is going through and there is no history of any of these diseases in his family.  My mother has heart disease, my father has heart disease - they were never around AO either - but my risk level is high that I will get heart disease.  My husband has NO history, his risk level would be very LOW and he has heart disease. If I hear anything I will let you know.  

    • JimA
      Jun. 12, 2010

      Hello Bills wife.  I understand, I did not mean to necessarily imply that you were argumentative, I just wanted to restate my case that I am looking to find data, by way of example, of anyone who has been successful at establishing a link between IHD and AO to the extent of receiving benefits.  Surely if the VA is proposing making IHD a presumptive...

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      Hello Bills wife.  I understand, I did not mean to necessarily imply that you were argumentative, I just wanted to restate my case that I am looking to find data, by way of example, of anyone who has been successful at establishing a link between IHD and AO to the extent of receiving benefits.  Surely if the VA is proposing making IHD a presumptive disease there must be claims that have been successful?  I just have been unable to locate anyone who can substantiate that.

       

      JimA

    • Bill
      Jun. 12, 2010

      We filed a claim and it is on hold for now.  We won't know anything until Congress makes their decision.  It sounds like the decision won't take place until this fall... everything is a wait an see for now.  I have a sent a few emails to the American Legion for answers.  I will let you know when I hear back from them.

    • Chaneyann
      Jun. 12, 2010

      I called the VA and they said they are now starting to process claims for heart disease.  If you have a claim that was previously denied, then you can try and have the claim re-opened and get retro paid.  I know there are so many claims that it is going to take a while before they can get to all of them.  This is just what they told me when I...

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      I called the VA and they said they are now starting to process claims for heart disease.  If you have a claim that was previously denied, then you can try and have the claim re-opened and get retro paid.  I know there are so many claims that it is going to take a while before they can get to all of them.  This is just what they told me when I called, so we will see.  

    • wiley
      Jun. 12, 2010

      Jim, base upon what I have read there are no prior claims for IHD approved by VA.  However, please refer to Federal Register/Vol. 75, No. 57/ Thursday, March 25, 2010/ Proposed Rules page 14393 paragraph 2 and 3.  Please pay particular attention to paragraph 3, which states in part, "The Secretary has determined that the available scientific...

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      Jim, base upon what I have read there are no prior claims for IHD approved by VA.  However, please refer to Federal Register/Vol. 75, No. 57/ Thursday, March 25, 2010/ Proposed Rules page 14393 paragraph 2 and 3.  Please pay particular attention to paragraph 3, which states in part, "The Secretary has determined that the available scientific and medical evidence presented in Update 2008 and other information available to the Secretary are sufficient to establish a new presumption of service connection for IHD in veterans exposed to herbicides. 

       

      May I also suggest that you read Section 2and 3 of the Agent Orange Act of 1992, Public Law 102-4, The Veterans Education and Benefits Act of 2001, Public Law 107-103, $201 (d), and Section 1116 (B) of title 38, United State Code.

       

      Hopefully this helps to answer your question of how IHD became another diseses listed as presumptive service connection.

    • macho1598
      Jun. 13, 2010

      Served on the ground in Viet Nam: I took medication for hypertension durning my final three years of service (SC 10%). In july 2005 I had 2 stents implanted for blockage in LAD. In 2007 I placed a claim with VA for Heart disease and the condition was rated SC at 0%). In that I served in Viet Nam and based on the finding that Ischemic heart...

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      Served on the ground in Viet Nam: I took medication for hypertension durning my final three years of service (SC 10%). In july 2005 I had 2 stents implanted for blockage in LAD. In 2007 I placed a claim with VA for Heart disease and the condition was rated SC at 0%). In that I served in Viet Nam and based on the finding that Ischemic heart Disease is linked to Agent Orange, would that change my current rating of SC 0% for Heart Disease.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jun. 13, 2010

      My suggestion is, you should contact someone in your State Veteran Service Office.  A Veteran Service Officer should be able to help you with your question.

    • macho1598
      Jun. 13, 2010

      Thank you for your reply

       

         I have an appt on August 10 with the county VSO. That is the earliest date available.

    • wiley
      Jun. 13, 2010

      I'm sure you are aware that Veteran Service Officers also provide walk-in services. Sometimes, you just have wait a long time before they are able to see you.

       

    • V4veterans
      Jun. 14, 2010

      Agent Orange Reform Put on Hold

      Senator James Webb (Va.) recently won approval for an amendment to the FY 2010 War Supplemental bill (H.R. 4899) that would delay new Veterans' Affairs (VA) disability claims for more than 86,000 Vietnam veterans who suffer from ischemic heart disease, Parkinson's disease or B-cell leukemia. Based on medical evidence, VA Secretary...

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      Agent Orange Reform Put on Hold

      Senator James Webb (Va.) recently won approval for an amendment to the FY 2010 War Supplemental bill (H.R. 4899) that would delay new Veterans' Affairs (VA) disability claims for more than 86,000 Vietnam veterans who suffer from ischemic heart disease, Parkinson's disease or B-cell leukemia. Based on medical evidence, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki determined there was a link between these conditions and Agent Orange exposure, and authorized presumptive status to Vietnam vets suffering from these diseases. Despite the policy announcement last fall, the VA has yet to publish the regulation that allows disability payments to be made.

      Now Webb, a decorated Vietnam veteran who chairs the Senate Personnel Subcommittee and serves on the VA Committee, wants Congress to delay claims processing by 60 days  until the scientific data can be examined more closely

       

      All you Vietnam Vets need to contact your Congressman and stop this. If he stops this, he will be going to try to get diabetes removed from the presumptive status

    • V4veterans
      Jun. 14, 2010

      ADD on

       

      Webb's maneuver is to give Congress more time to study the science behind Shinseki's decision and how the hefty cost -- $42.2 billion over 10 years -- could impact other VA services. It's a particular concern for Akaka.

       

      To stop the regulation from taking effect, both the House and Senate would have to pass a blocking resolution. Veterans'service...

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      ADD on

       

      Webb's maneuver is to give Congress more time to study the science behind Shinseki's decision and how the hefty cost -- $42.2 billion over 10 years -- could impact other VA services. It's a particular concern for Akaka.

       

      To stop the regulation from taking effect, both the House and Senate would have to pass a blocking resolution. Veterans'service organizations say that is not likely to happen.

       

      Some critics say Congress, in effect, abdicated its responsibility to stay atop these compensation issues when it passed the Agent Orange Act of 1991, giving the secretary authority to make presumptive disease decisions.

       

      But Webb complained in a June 4 letter to Shinseki that the law was intended "to establish presumption of service connection for relatively rare conditions. "Instead, "presumptions have expanded to include common diseases of aging."He noted that the VA secretary added prostate cancer to the list of Agent Orange diseases in 1996 and Type-2 diabetes in 2001.

       

      prostate cancer and Type-2 diabetes are on Webbs list to remove from the presumptive disease

    • Chaneyann
      Jun. 14, 2010

      http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/06/military_agentorange_benefits_060910w/

       

      Just read this article about the latest news.  Crazy to me becasue when I called the VA they said they are now processing claims for Heart Disease.

    • paintcreek
      Jun. 22, 2010

      Mr Webb , is going the wrong way ,Vietnam Vets ( ALL veterans) deserve everything they  are intitled to, it seems  you have great health  benefits like the rest  on capitol hill, Mr Webb. Please take another look ,dont delay this any longer , your former comrades rely on you . I was in Vietnam...

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      Mr Webb , is going the wrong way ,Vietnam Vets ( ALL veterans) deserve everything they  are intitled to, it seems  you have great health  benefits like the rest  on capitol hill, Mr Webb. Please take another look ,dont delay this any longer , your former comrades rely on you . I was in Vietnam same as you .

      You chose politics ,I became a carpenter. Semper fi

    • Anonymous
      teffo
      Jul. 21, 2010

      The VA has reviewed the comments and a draft final rule has been approved on the Secretary's behalf by VA's Chief of Staff. Pursuant to Executive Order 12,886, on July 7, 2010, VA transmitted the draft to OMB [Office of Management and Budget] for review. After OMB clearance, VA will publish the final rule in the Federal Register. The OMB has at the most 90...

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      The VA has reviewed the comments and a draft final rule has been approved on the Secretary's behalf by VA's Chief of Staff. Pursuant to Executive Order 12,886, on July 7, 2010, VA transmitted the draft to OMB [Office of Management and Budget] for review. After OMB clearance, VA will publish the final rule in the Federal Register. The OMB has at the most 90 days to decide, but because of this push for veteran's payments, it is probable that it will be less than 90 days. A good chance by Sept. and the latest Oct.  Senator Webb is blowing smoke, no matter what he says the Secretary has the authority to make this decision without Congress saying yay or nay, it is the OMB that has the power to trump Congressional time limits in "unique circumstances" as in this case!

      So hang in there my brothers, we will have our day. I served in Cu Chi, 69-70 in the III corp area and I too know that AO was heavy.   

    • Anonymous
      Gramps37
      Aug. 30, 2010

      The VA has a medical Investigation team of doctors that look at AO and report evry 2 years on diseases resulting from exposure.  This is what happened in 2008, when they reported on AO and the 3 new diseases (IHD, Lukemia etc).  The Secretary sutdied the report and came up with the decision in Oct. 2009 to add these disease to the presumtion list...

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      The VA has a medical Investigation team of doctors that look at AO and report evry 2 years on diseases resulting from exposure.  This is what happened in 2008, when they reported on AO and the 3 new diseases (IHD, Lukemia etc).  The Secretary sutdied the report and came up with the decision in Oct. 2009 to add these disease to the presumtion list due to AO.  The regulatiuons on them will be listed in the Dederal Register tomorrow (Aug. 31, 2010).  The meeting of Sep. 23rd I thin is still on when Senator Webb..etc look at the Regulation etc.  I have heart disease with 5 bi-passes 2001, AAA stent 2002 etc.  File claim as soon as possible...I am doing ok and do not think I will get 60%...but more like 30%..I am 73 yrs old...was in Vietnam 66-67, but not directly comat as was in Air Force...

      Retired..1976..Best of Luck..Hopes this answered you questioned.. AO claims for Heart disease will not be approved until Reg. is posted..and Webb look s at it..

  • jack l kinsey
    May. 20, 2010

    I am also a vietnam veteran, 1969-1970. was in the central highlands 4 th div. In 2001 found out i had heart disease, two heart attack, nine stents later. still here but for how long.have type two diabetes. and had malaria.Turn down for claim on heart disease. claim good on Malaria, but only get 10% on diabetes.But do get social security...

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    I am also a vietnam veteran, 1969-1970. was in the central highlands 4 th div. In 2001 found out i had heart disease, two heart attack, nine stents later. still here but for how long.have type two diabetes. and had malaria.Turn down for claim on heart disease. claim good on Malaria, but only get 10% on diabetes.But do get social security disability.   Good luck everyone

    • Pat Miller
      Jun. 20, 2010

      Hi,

       

      I was in Central Highlands in 69-70 2/8th, 4th Inf. Div.  We had APC tracks to get through the jungle, but those big Detroit diesels made too much noise, so we parked them and got to hump on those search and destroy missions.

       

      Drank all our water from streams/rivers that drained from that AO sprayed jungle.  Now 40 years and...

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      Hi,

       

      I was in Central Highlands in 69-70 2/8th, 4th Inf. Div.  We had APC tracks to get through the jungle, but those big Detroit diesels made too much noise, so we parked them and got to hump on those search and destroy missions.

       

      Drank all our water from streams/rivers that drained from that AO sprayed jungle.  Now 40 years and 11 (eleven) heart stents later it looked like I/we were ready to get some VA recognition for a heart condition disability.  With Senator Webb putting the brakes on the new rules that compensation could be off in the very distant future, if ever...It don't seem fair, does it?

  • Anonymous
    George
    May. 20, 2010

    VietNam '67 and '68. First heart attack 1974. First bypass surgery 1982. Second bypass surgery 1984. Several heart attacks. Major heart attack Aug 2001. Third bypass Aug 2001.  2 Strokes fall 2001. Aug 2001 bypass destroyed what was left of my spine (Truck crash Oct 97 and impaired driver crash Jan 98). Crippled.  Several doctors since 2001 have identified...

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    VietNam '67 and '68. First heart attack 1974. First bypass surgery 1982. Second bypass surgery 1984. Several heart attacks. Major heart attack Aug 2001. Third bypass Aug 2001.  2 Strokes fall 2001. Aug 2001 bypass destroyed what was left of my spine (Truck crash Oct 97 and impaired driver crash Jan 98). Crippled.  Several doctors since 2001 have identified Ischemic Heart Disease by name.  Shelf life for bypass surgery 7-12 years (healthy folks) Near 9 years on this one but began failing 2006. Most recent major problem was Dec 2009. Hospital discharge summary declared me terminally ill. I still function but dont know how long.  Bad angina three days ago so now it touch and go.

    • Chaneyann
      May. 20, 2010

      I am so sorry to hear that you have suffered so much.  I hope the VA has given you disability for all of your suffering.  Not that it really changes anything.  Just want you to know I have you in my prayers.  

    • marlena21
      Jun. 21, 2010

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  • Anonymous
    Jacque
    Jan. 04, 2010

    Based on my research on this matter, You can go to Department of Veterns Affairs web site and Yes Agent Orange : Diseases Associated with Agent Orange Exposure are listed. Go to http:/www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/diseases.asp

     

    You will see the complete list assoctiated with agent orange along with about 20 others. The VA put...

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    Based on my research on this matter, You can go to Department of Veterns Affairs web site and Yes Agent Orange : Diseases Associated with Agent Orange Exposure are listed. Go to http:/www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/diseases.asp

     

    You will see the complete list assoctiated with agent orange along with about 20 others. The VA put out its latest Memo to all VA Regional Offices and Centers 

    Ref to thier bible: 211A , Fast Letter 09-50. Procedures for handling disability claims based on herbicide exposure for hairy cell and other B-cell leukemias, Parkinson's disease, and ischemic heart disease. Although the public announcement has been made, the amendment to 38 CFR 3.309 (e) will not become effective for several months. In the meantime, it is likely that regional offices will begin receving herbicide exposure related claims from veterans dignosed with these diseases. The letter provides interium procedures for controlling such claims.

     

    He or she only has to show proof they were on land or on the USS Ingersoll during 1965/66. 43 Years later is was discovered she was containmated on the Saigon River on October 24th and 25th. Her air ducts and water supply were never decontaimated and all those that served on the Ingersoll DD-652 were never advised or notified that they would be at risk for years to come. A special note their off-spring may well developed related problems. 

     

    This pesumption is autorized by M21-1MR SectionIV,  II.2c.10b.   

    • Anonymous
      aethomasthomas
      Jan. 08, 2010

      You will have to show more than just your presence on board a ship. The VA is not paying Navy nor Airforce for their contact with Agent Orange in Vietnam unless they can prove they had "feet on the ground".

    • Anonymous
      Ralph
      Feb. 05, 2010

      I was a Viet Nam vet and k-9 scout dog handler in nam from 1968-1969 and at 47 was told i needed a heart transplant  I was in and out of hospitals till i was 50 years old and on halloween 1999  i got a transplant with my heart only working 8 % i was a lucky one because we had insurance and family support i have now had the heart 10 years

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      I was a Viet Nam vet and k-9 scout dog handler in nam from 1968-1969 and at 47 was told i needed a heart transplant  I was in and out of hospitals till i was 50 years old and on halloween 1999  i got a transplant with my heart only working 8 % i was a lucky one because we had insurance and family support i have now had the heart 10 years

      when i first got sick i went to the VA and was told heart disease was not linked to agent orange now they say it is and i have tried to reopen my case with the VA, just waiting for my doctor to write a letter here is the letter want my doctor Schofield of Shands to write for me

      Previous claim was denied because cardiomyopathy was not linked to service connected diabetes mellitus.  At that time heart disease was not linked to exposure to agent orange and not on the known list of presumptive disabilities associated with herbicide exposure.

       

      New and material evidence.

      Reason for cardiomyopathy was undetermined. Assumed due to a virus because no other identifiable cause.  There is now a REASONABLE POSSIBILITY the diagnosis could be linked to exposure to agent orange.

       

      FACT

      No family history of cardiomyopathy.

      No known history of early age cardiac disease in the family.

       Known exposure to agent orange while serving in Vietnam.

      Diagnosis at time of transplant inconclusive; Exposure to Agent Orange not ruled out.

      100% disabled since age 47

    • rjjoice
      Aug. 27, 2010

      why isn't ideopathic cariomyopathy heart disease included on agent orange list.  with no heart attack or stroke, it can be caused by toxic chemicals.  how much more toxic can you get than agent orange.

  • Anonymous
    Bill CMSGT Ret...
    Oct. 21, 2009

    The VA has approved heart disease is linked to Agent Orange.  Submit your paper work to VA showing you served in country in Vietnam or near by with excess to aircraft parts etc. You just show your medical records that you have heart disease and it was caused by Agent Orange Exposure.

    • Anonymous
      Steve C
      Dec. 16, 2009

      As a Vietnam Vet serving from March 67 to March 68 our unit (Charlie Troop 1/9th 1st Cav Division) worked in many AO's that were sprayed with Agent Orange. These AO's include; all of ll Corps and lll Corps such as the A Shau Valley, Happy Valley, Bong Song Plains, and many missions north of Ben Hoa.  I now receive a 40% Disability for Loss of Hearing,...

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      As a Vietnam Vet serving from March 67 to March 68 our unit (Charlie Troop 1/9th 1st Cav Division) worked in many AO's that were sprayed with Agent Orange. These AO's include; all of ll Corps and lll Corps such as the A Shau Valley, Happy Valley, Bong Song Plains, and many missions north of Ben Hoa.  I now receive a 40% Disability for Loss of Hearing, and PDSD. I have submitted a claim and of course we all know how slow the process is.

      My question; does anyone know of any Vets receiving benifits from the Heart Disease Claims if so how much is the average percentage?

    • Anonymous
      L. Mc. H.
      Dec. 28, 2009

      I'm 60 years old and been having heart problems since age 38 and had a quidtriple bypass 10 years ago and only 2 took.  And my blood thickens with blood thinner.

      I also served in III Corps, two tours, and it was the heavest sprayed area during both of my tours.  I also served in the 1st. Cav. Div. (AM).

       

      I was told by a VA doctor that Vietnam...

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      I'm 60 years old and been having heart problems since age 38 and had a quidtriple bypass 10 years ago and only 2 took.  And my blood thickens with blood thinner.

      I also served in III Corps, two tours, and it was the heavest sprayed area during both of my tours.  I also served in the 1st. Cav. Div. (AM).

       

      I was told by a VA doctor that Vietnam vets are dying off as fast as WW2 veterans, per the ratio.  And of the just barely 3 million that served in country there's only a 1 million or less Vietnam vets living, due to VA and the government waiting 30+ years to admit to Agent Orange, but were sending millions of dollars to Vietnam prior and still area for the Vietnamese affected by Agent Orange.  Near where I live dixon was spilled into a river by a large company and the courts ruled it affected cattle and humans health, yet we told told it didn't affect Nam vets.  Now they're doing the same thing with the first Iraq War veterans, whose getting brain tumors, etc. due to nerve agents they were exposed to.  It was done to WW2 veterans who were the first to go into the A Bomb sites in Japan just after WW2, many died during 20+ years after the war before admited serve connected.  Also, troops given LSD as lab rats.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun. 16, 2009

    My father has been battling with this for years. He also has mini strokes. He's gotten to the point that we can even know when one is coming on. He also knows when he has to stop doing things because of his heart its gotten so bad that he won't even go to the doctor anymore because they say there isn't any more they can do. He gets 100% disability from the...

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    My father has been battling with this for years. He also has mini strokes. He's gotten to the point that we can even know when one is coming on. He also knows when he has to stop doing things because of his heart its gotten so bad that he won't even go to the doctor anymore because they say there isn't any more they can do. He gets 100% disability from the VA. My best advice is keep bugging them when you know something is wrong and don't let up. And good luck.

    • Anonymous
      WantToKnowHow
      Jun. 21, 2009
      I have heart disease, like your father and the VA draws NO connection between Heart Disease and Agent Orange......How did your father get the VA to approve his case and how long did it take. Your response would be greatly appreciated by me, and no doubt, by other who will read this. Thank you very, very much.
    • Anonymous
      Chaneyann
      Jun. 21, 2009

      My Mother has been working this case for 15 years now and there seems to be some hope.  They have sent her in loops to get this done and I guess they realize she is not giving up.  She has a attorney helping her.  I sometimes wish she would just move on , but she say she is doing it for all the others out there that need it done.  So they...

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      My Mother has been working this case for 15 years now and there seems to be some hope.  They have sent her in loops to get this done and I guess they realize she is not giving up.  She has a attorney helping her.  I sometimes wish she would just move on , but she say she is doing it for all the others out there that need it done.  So they can get help.  I will keep everyone updated, if anything happens. 

    • Anonymous
      WantToKnowHow
      Jun. 21, 2009

      Good luck to your mother after all these fifteen years....... keep this board informed.

       

      Thank you.

  • Anonymous
    lesley
    Jan. 29, 2009

    This actually the first part of my repsonse---it never sent. So the second part did and you'll find it ahead of this one! (Make any sense?)

    Actually, heart disease HAS been linked to AO exposure outside of type 2 diabetes.  Fo the first time in 20 years of studying the health effects of Agent Orange, the Air Force has found that airmen who sprayed...

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    This actually the first part of my repsonse---it never sent. So the second part did and you'll find it ahead of this one! (Make any sense?)

    Actually, heart disease HAS been linked to AO exposure outside of type 2 diabetes.  Fo the first time in 20 years of studying the health effects of Agent Orange, the Air Force has found that airmen who sprayed herbicides in Vietnam have a significant increase in heart disease. 

    http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Bunker/8212/brooksheartdisease.html

    • Anonymous
      Paul
      Mar. 31, 2009

      Do you have any solid information about the link between heart disease  and AO? Please send it to me my email address is paulpohler@msn.com thanks

    • marlena21
      Jun. 21, 2010

      Many people are interested in learning more about heart disease and dietary supplements in order to educate themselves on preventive strategies against heart disease.

       

      http://www.buygenericdrugs.net/diseases/Ischemic-Heart-Disease/

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jan. 29, 2009

    I got cut off somehow.....

    And the other one is:

    http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2008/11.military_dioxin_health_12108w/

     

    Good luck. My husband got prostate cancer, among other issues, from his exposure to Agent Ornage. The VA has acknowledged and helped us with part of it, but it is like pulling teeth to get them to acknowledge and take responsibility...

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    I got cut off somehow.....

    And the other one is:

    http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2008/11.military_dioxin_health_12108w/

     

    Good luck. My husband got prostate cancer, among other issues, from his exposure to Agent Ornage. The VA has acknowledged and helped us with part of it, but it is like pulling teeth to get them to acknowledge and take responsibility for ANY thing!

    • Chaneyann
      Oct. 15, 2009

      GOOD NEWS EVERYONE.  The news is out today that say that the VA is going to add three more conditions caused from Agent Orange.  One of them being ischemic heart condition.  This is big news!  Finally there is hope in site for all those who have suffered.  Please google Vietnam veterans and heart disease under News and you will see...

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      GOOD NEWS EVERYONE.  The news is out today that say that the VA is going to add three more conditions caused from Agent Orange.  One of them being ischemic heart condition.  This is big news!  Finally there is hope in site for all those who have suffered.  Please google Vietnam veterans and heart disease under News and you will see all the articles about it.

    • Anonymous
      BILL CMSGT USAF
      Oct. 21, 2009

      I got a notice in the mail today that the VA has added ischemic heart condition to its list of disease caused by AGENT ORANGE. YOU JUST NEED TO SHOW YOU WERE IN VIETNAM. I currently have nine stints in my heart due to heart disease. I have applied on more then three occasion for heart disease as being related to Agent Orange. I currently have a claim still...

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      I got a notice in the mail today that the VA has added ischemic heart condition to its list of disease caused by AGENT ORANGE. YOU JUST NEED TO SHOW YOU WERE IN VIETNAM. I currently have nine stints in my heart due to heart disease. I have applied on more then three occasion for heart disease as being related to Agent Orange. I currently have a claim still pending on my heart disease.  I had three heart attacks since 2005. One happen at the VA clinc I go to. Good luck to all that have heart problems that served in Vietnam. Welcome all home as well.

  • Anonymous
    Julie
    Jan. 05, 2009

    I don't "know" anything, but my Vietnam vet husband died of a sudden heart attack at age 48.  He had been in Nam in 66-67.  There had been nothing to indicate heart disease prior to his death.

    • Anonymous
      Dreamin356
      Sep. 25, 2009

      My husband died at 45 and he was in VN in 66-67, he was in the Marine Corp - He had a sudden heart attack - after an autopsy they found atherscloris (heart disease).

    • Anonymous
      Julie
      Sep. 25, 2009

      Mine was in the artillery, Big Red One.

       

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/27407020@N08/2654215668/

    • Anonymous
      steve anton
      Feb. 06, 2010

      Sorry for your loss.  When I saw Big Red One, I was in the 1st in the infantry.  No heart disease in family and I had a heart attack in 2007.  My prayers are with you

    • Bizzell
      Nov. 13, 2010

      I also was in the BIG RED ONE in 1968,  Known as the TET Offensive,   Lia Kia, 8/8 Artillery. Brneyeman64@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous
    halfheart
    Dec. 18, 2008

    Welcome Home,I was in Vietnam from 10/70 to 10/71 with the Army Engineers.I was expose to AO in III Corp and IV Corp.I had cancer in 93-94, I was diagnosed with heart disease in 1999 and was retired on SSD because of it.I had a heart attack in 06.I had a C&P in Oct 08.Haven't heard the results,but got my doubts.I am 30% SC on the cancer and hearing loss.I...

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    Welcome Home,I was in Vietnam from 10/70 to 10/71 with the Army Engineers.I was expose to AO in III Corp and IV Corp.I had cancer in 93-94, I was diagnosed with heart disease in 1999 and was retired on SSD because of it.I had a heart attack in 06.I had a C&P in Oct 08.Haven't heard the results,but got my doubts.I am 30% SC on the cancer and hearing loss.I wish you good luck............gjohn 

  • Anonymous
    sbroad
    Oct. 24, 2008

    I do believe that all Vietnam Veterans that were in Vietnam when Agent Orange was sprayed needs to rally against The VA decision that Heart disease is not related. My husband has fighting the Va for benifits due to diabetes and heart disease for 8 yrs. He did get benifits for the diabetes 2 years ago but he is stil fighting for benifits for heart disease. They...

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    I do believe that all Vietnam Veterans that were in Vietnam when Agent Orange was sprayed needs to rally against The VA decision that Heart disease is not related. My husband has fighting the Va for benifits due to diabetes and heart disease for 8 yrs. He did get benifits for the diabetes 2 years ago but he is stil fighting for benifits for heart disease. They say there is not enough evidence to prove that its related to Agent Orange. He has had 6stents place since 1999, and just this past August 2008 he had heart bypass surgery. He is only 57years old. What do they want him to die before they will realize that he has fought the United states government longer than he did the Vietnam war and the United states will win. Please we need to get someone to help all the Vietnam Veterans that were exposed HELP.

    Thank SBroadway concerned wife.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Nov. 11, 2008

        Hello

        I too am a Viet Nam veteran.I was discharged in 1970,I had my first of many heart attacks at 29 years old(1974)my first open heart surgery in 1978 and my second in 1979,only 9 months apart.I have had stents and have been on cholesterol drugs ever since.My last heart attack was September 20,2008.

        I have tried to get VA compensation...

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        Hello

        I too am a Viet Nam veteran.I was discharged in 1970,I had my first of many heart attacks at 29 years old(1974)my first open heart surgery in 1978 and my second in 1979,only 9 months apart.I have had stents and have been on cholesterol drugs ever since.My last heart attack was September 20,2008.

        I have tried to get VA compensation for many many years.I tried again in 2008 to no avail.VA says I need more information for them.They have copies of my medical records from my private physicians.34 years have passed-some of my doctors have passed I still have made NO headway.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Nov. 11, 2008

      First I would like to say sorry that you have had to go through all of this.  Our family has a case that is going to trial and we hope to make some head way on heart disease and Agent orange.  I will keep everyone posted. 

    • Anonymous
      valerie
      Mar. 22, 2009

      My husband was a vet also. and he was exposed to agent orange. he developed heart disease and died in 1997, he also had to have heart surgery de died from congested heart failure

       

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oct. 02, 2008

    I think you are on to something.  My 61 year old  brother was exposed to agent orange in vietnam, and just recently had to undergo quadriple bipass surgery.  Doctors said he was a walking dead man--and they did an angiogram as a health check and were very surprised at the findings.

    • Anonymous
      chaneyann
      Oct. 02, 2008

      My father passed away in 1993 when he was 51 of heart disease.  He was in Vietnam for two tours of duty and in the highest sprayed (agent Orange) areas of Vietnam.  He started having the problems three years out of Vietnam.  You should find out what kind of test they can do to see if there is any relation.  We should have had a autopsy but...

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      My father passed away in 1993 when he was 51 of heart disease.  He was in Vietnam for two tours of duty and in the highest sprayed (agent Orange) areas of Vietnam.  He started having the problems three years out of Vietnam.  You should find out what kind of test they can do to see if there is any relation.  We should have had a autopsy but it did not even occur to us till it was to late.  If you do not look into it now,  it is hard to get the Government to  acknowledge it and members to get benefits. Please let me know if you hear anything. My mother has an on going case with the government

    • Anonymous
      wajimbo
      Sep. 21, 2009

      I am sorry to hear that so many of my Vietman brothers have passed away and that so many of us are suffering some sort of disease from serving over there.  I am one of the lucky ones, lucky that I am still alive and kicking, today.  I too suffered heart disease and have lived with it for many years.  I also have applied with the Veterans Affairs...

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      I am sorry to hear that so many of my Vietman brothers have passed away and that so many of us are suffering some sort of disease from serving over there.  I am one of the lucky ones, lucky that I am still alive and kicking, today.  I too suffered heart disease and have lived with it for many years.  I also have applied with the Veterans Affairs for a service connected disability 4 times for my heart disease.  My first heart attack came at age 28, 6 years after I got out of the service.  Healthy as a horse up until then.  The VA does not recognise heart attack as a sypmptom of being expose to Agent Orange.  I keep trying and am about to reopen my claim in the next few weeks.  My disability with this defoliant is Type II diabetes, it came about a little over 2 years ago.  "Thank you very much", I was saying to myself.  I am now 63 and just 2 weeks ago I had a heart defibrillator implanted into my chest at a VA hospital in Portland, OR.  I hope the old ticker keeps ticking for a long time, but if something goes amiss this thing with shock it back in to rythum.   Anyone having any evidence of heart disease related to Agent Orange please let me know.  Love to wave it in the VA face and show them that they "could" be wrong.

      J

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Nov. 21, 2009

      Well this you can wave in the VA's face, Ischemic Heart disease has been recognized along with other health problems associated with exposure to agent orange and other herbicides.The website is

      www.publichealth.vagov/exposure/agentorange/diseases .Hope this will be helpful to all fellow veterans.

    • vietvet69
      Feb. 27, 2010

      Lets see where do I begin, I am 63, served in Vietnam 69-70, Chu Lai with the Americal Division, when I was 45 I had a Quadruple Bypass, 1 1/2 years later I started with a ballon procedure, since then I've had 10 stents and numerous ballon procedures. Have been diginosed with Ischemic Heart Disease since 1995. Finally we might get our day. OH by the way I am...

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      Lets see where do I begin, I am 63, served in Vietnam 69-70, Chu Lai with the Americal Division, when I was 45 I had a Quadruple Bypass, 1 1/2 years later I started with a ballon procedure, since then I've had 10 stents and numerous ballon procedures. Have been diginosed with Ischemic Heart Disease since 1995. Finally we might get our day. OH by the way I am currently rated at 60%, PTSD and Tinnetas. WELCOME HOME, Now lets give them HELL!!!!Yell

    • Anonymous
      Southern Charles
      Apr. 22, 2010

      I have just begun to give 'em hell. Started my claim recently; type 2 diabetes, tinnitus, 2 heart attacks, 5 stints, shooting pains from the abdomen down, et. al..

      USMC-- I Corps  66-69  all of the time above Highway 9 or around Khe Sahn

      Agent O country

      what hit me first was a thought  : 40 YEARS AND THAT DAMN WAR IS STILL TRYING TO KILL US....

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      I have just begun to give 'em hell. Started my claim recently; type 2 diabetes, tinnitus, 2 heart attacks, 5 stints, shooting pains from the abdomen down, et. al..

      USMC-- I Corps  66-69  all of the time above Highway 9 or around Khe Sahn

      Agent O country

      what hit me first was a thought  : 40 YEARS AND THAT DAMN WAR IS STILL TRYING TO KILL US.

      SIMPER FI

    • LadyC304
      Mar. 02, 2013

      My husband has the shooting pains in the abdomen that you wrote about.  He's been tested for everything with no resulting diagnosis.  Did they find out what caused your stomach pain??  Just wondering.

    • Ceelo
      Apr. 29, 2010

      I am a Vietnam Vet, spent most of my time in Nam in the Jungle, near Bong Son. I looked at the maps where they sprayed Agent Orange and as most of us, I was in the middle of it.

       

      I have suffered a heart attack, in which they put a stent in.  I also had a stroke, which has left my left side of my body somewhat numb. In Feb of 2009 I...

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      I am a Vietnam Vet, spent most of my time in Nam in the Jungle, near Bong Son. I looked at the maps where they sprayed Agent Orange and as most of us, I was in the middle of it.

       

      I have suffered a heart attack, in which they put a stent in.  I also had a stroke, which has left my left side of my body somewhat numb. In Feb of 2009 I finally made a VA Claim, I was also rated 60% for 10% for Tinnitus and 50% PTSD.  They at the time rejected my claim for Heart Disease. About two months ago I talked with a Vet Rep who stated that she could not submit a claim for Heart disease, that VA was not recognizing the claims yet. Onother Vet Rep stated they were!

       

      I am now in the process of reopening my claim for Ischemic Heart Disease. Anyone out their let me know how things are going, I hear conflicting stories from Vet Reps.  

    • Chaneyann
      Apr. 29, 2010

      My mom still has her case going.  You have to keep appealing.  I have heard that the VA does not have heart disease in the system as of now, but it will be there soon and then all those who filed will be able to re-open their claims.  I will let everyone know what is going on with our case when we hear something new.  Everyone has to stick...

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      My mom still has her case going.  You have to keep appealing.  I have heard that the VA does not have heart disease in the system as of now, but it will be there soon and then all those who filed will be able to re-open their claims.  I will let everyone know what is going on with our case when we hear something new.  Everyone has to stick together and keep pushing the VA to get all of our soliders taken care of.  

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May. 22, 2010

      I have had two heart Attacks since March 2005. The VA found a Mass in the Lower left lobe of my lung.  I have claimed that it was due to my exposure to AO while stationed in Chu Li Vietnam.  I was denied my claim back in November 2005.  I have called and searched many Veteran Organizations and have been told "point blank" that three diseases...

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      I have had two heart Attacks since March 2005. The VA found a Mass in the Lower left lobe of my lung.  I have claimed that it was due to my exposure to AO while stationed in Chu Li Vietnam.  I was denied my claim back in November 2005.  I have called and searched many Veteran Organizations and have been told "point blank" that three diseases 'HAS' been added to the list of Presumptive Diseases.  That means that you don't have to prove that Agent Orange cause the disease.  If you have one of the new diseases you qualify for compensation. Ischemic heart Disease is one of the three.  I was told by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) that they will start processing the claims that have been made then.  I sent in a Claim back in September of 09. That has a "Stay" on it until everything goes through the  slow VA system.  I know that my compensation pay will be retroactive at least to then, and possibly back to November 2005.  All that I can find now is it will be rated at 60% unless there are more severe circumstances involved.  I am on Social Security Disability but I have not been given any assurance that I will get a 100% rating.  I hope this is helpful.

    • WeGotShafted
      Jul. 08, 2010

      I served in Nam in 68-69. When I recently started trying to get VA disability, I turned in several medical problems including quadruple bypass and 4 stents, hearing loss and tinnitus. VA said that none of my problems were disabling to any degree. I had to search all of the VA regulations till I found the one I needed. It says that if you are 100% social security...

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      I served in Nam in 68-69. When I recently started trying to get VA disability, I turned in several medical problems including quadruple bypass and 4 stents, hearing loss and tinnitus. VA said that none of my problems were disabling to any degree. I had to search all of the VA regulations till I found the one I needed. It says that if you are 100% social security disabled, then the VA will consider that you are 100% disabled. Since they said I was not service connected, I could only get Non-service connected disability. Next they calculated my Non-service pay at $3.00 less than I was getting from SS. I did finally get 10% (in 2006) for the tinnitus after much hassle and refiling. I had claimed it when I got out in 1972 and was disallowed. They denied I had ever filed a claim. Next they made the most WONDERFUL SCREWUP they could have made. They actually sent me my records that they claimed did not exist. The records proved I had filed (in 1972) and showed where they had given me hearing tests showing my actual hearing loss and tinnitus. Also, there was a record showing where another doctor had reviewed my tests and LOWERED THE AMOUNT OF HEARING LOSS and STATED that I had NO HEARING LOSS. This allowed me to reopen my case and get it scheduled (once they decide when they will be in my area) for an informal, in person hearing with one of their JUDGES that they say aren't really a judge and that it isn't really a formal court trial but that the hearing will be conducted with "loose formal rules" in a "loose setting". And they will consider all statements in my favor if there is any doubt about any of them. --- If anyone believes they will be that nice, I would like to sell you some ocean front property.

    • Anonymous
      ferdy
      Jul. 09, 2010

      Hey,   dont go alone to that interview, they will try to do their best to  give you a hard time.  There are good lawyers, and organizations, that will gladly help you.  If you use a lawyer to rep you, they wont charge you upfront, if they win , they get paid, if they loose your case, they wont charge you  And there are a lot...

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      Hey,   dont go alone to that interview, they will try to do their best to  give you a hard time.  There are good lawyers, and organizations, that will gladly help you.  If you use a lawyer to rep you, they wont charge you upfront, if they win , they get paid, if they loose your case, they wont charge you  And there are a lot of nonprofit organizations, that do a great job helping the Vets, like the DAV (Disabled American Veteran), American Legion, Paralized America Assoc, etc, etc.

    • RON
      RON
      Dec. 29, 2010

      TODAY IS DEC 29 2010 I WENT TO MY COMPENSATION AND PENTION HEARING IN TAMPA TODAY.  ALL THEY DID WAS WEIGH ME AND TAKE MY BLOOD PRESSURE 3 TIMES. IT WAS 170 OVER 85, YES THIS IS HIGH.  THEN I SEEN THE DOCTOR WHO ASKED ME A FEW QUESTIONS AND CHECKED MY CHEST WITH HIS TESTISCOPE  IF THATS HOW IT IS SPELLED.  THIS IS ALL THERE WAS TO MY ISCHEMIC...

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      TODAY IS DEC 29 2010 I WENT TO MY COMPENSATION AND PENTION HEARING IN TAMPA TODAY.  ALL THEY DID WAS WEIGH ME AND TAKE MY BLOOD PRESSURE 3 TIMES. IT WAS 170 OVER 85, YES THIS IS HIGH.  THEN I SEEN THE DOCTOR WHO ASKED ME A FEW QUESTIONS AND CHECKED MY CHEST WITH HIS TESTISCOPE  IF THATS HOW IT IS SPELLED.  THIS IS ALL THERE WAS TO MY ISCHEMIC HEART DESEASE UNDER VN A/O.  IT WAS DENIED 5 YEARS AGO, SO THEY SHOULD PAY RETRO ACTIVE TO LAST TIME PUTING IN UNDER THE NEHEMER LAW SUIT ACT. THEY SAID I SHOULD HEAR SOMETHING IN 4 TO 8 WEEKS.  IT  HAS BEEN 5 MONTHS SO FAR THAT I PUT THIS IN.  LAST TIME I PUT IN UNDER SECONDARY  TO DIABETIS TYPE 2, NOW IT WILL FLY UNDER THE NEW DESEASES APPROVED BY VA.  I AM HOPING TO GET 60 PERCENT RATING DUE TO IT BEING A 5 WAY BY PASS.  GOOD BYE, FROM BROTHE VIETNAM VET.

    • Anonymous
      Rob
      May. 29, 2010

      If anyone finds out about ischemic heart disease,please let me know.....I've had it since  my heart attack in 1995....but also other things too....it doesn't matter where you served in Nam,you could be exposed....contact me at my son's e-mail....robertlgilbert@yahoo.com

    • Gramps
      May. 10, 2010

      Hi:  Served in Vietnam 66/67.  Quintuplet by-pass March 2001.  Turned down for Heart disease by VA 2005.  Have Type II diabetes with diabetic neuropathy approved for 40% disability Aug. 2005.  Filed for Ischemic Heart disease early this year. (No word yet..waiting on C.F.R. changes I was told.  The possibility exists that they...

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      Hi:  Served in Vietnam 66/67.  Quintuplet by-pass March 2001.  Turned down for Heart disease by VA 2005.  Have Type II diabetes with diabetic neuropathy approved for 40% disability Aug. 2005.  Filed for Ischemic Heart disease early this year. (No word yet..waiting on C.F.R. changes I was told.  The possibility exists that they could approve my claim back to when I filed in 2005.  File now for this new benefit...and if you were denied earlier, still file again and again...Claim might be back dated to original claim date.   Read somewhere that most of these heart disease claims will be rated at 60%.  Remember:  Cannot add ratings like 20%, 40% 60% etc.. You subtract each from 100%, then multiply each, then result subtract from 100.  Ex: 20% diabetes, 20% neuropathy...80% X 80% =64%...subtract from 100%=36% but round up to 40%.  Best of Luck. Gramps...

    • stan t
      May. 20, 2010

      so i am confused, but not hard to do with me.  if 70% now and then get 60% how does the math work?

    • Anonymous
      psw
      May. 23, 2010

      70% + 60%  gets you 90% by my calculations..they take the 60% from your 30% healthy leaving you 10% healthy

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jun. 01, 2010

      Okay - if I am currently at 30%, 20% diabetes and 10% hearing, what would the percent be for the ischemic heart or what would the total disability be?  I had a heart attack back in 1998 and open heart with valve repair in 2007 I have edema and CHF.  I have been trying to find answers to this and and also when this may get finalized... ...

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      Okay - if I am currently at 30%, 20% diabetes and 10% hearing, what would the percent be for the ischemic heart or what would the total disability be?  I had a heart attack back in 1998 and open heart with valve repair in 2007 I have edema and CHF.  I have been trying to find answers to this and and also when this may get finalized...  I have filed another claim again for the ischemic heart that was denied in 2008.  THANKS!! 

    • Joe Breci
      Aug. 09, 2010

      Ya, I served in Nam 66/67 also. I had quadrupal bypass on the heart in 2003. My problem was I didn't know that I could apply for disability through VA. It never occurred to me.... Then in May 2009, I had a episode with infection in my comprised leg, it got very bad. At any rate, the hospital put a 20 year veteran in the next bed, and he told me about the VA....

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      Ya, I served in Nam 66/67 also. I had quadrupal bypass on the heart in 2003. My problem was I didn't know that I could apply for disability through VA. It never occurred to me.... Then in May 2009, I had a episode with infection in my comprised leg, it got very bad. At any rate, the hospital put a 20 year veteran in the next bed, and he told me about the VA.

       

      I get 20% for diabetes....period. I was turned down for everything else that I applied for. My congressman mails me a letter in March of this year and tells me that the VA will recognize the heart problems, and I also heard about the 60% rating that it could be given. Well, I have cojestive heart failure, or harding of the arteries. I already went through the VA medical staff for heart disease. The PA was telling me that VA will look hard into the ejection fraction of this disease to rate it. This tells a person how much blood flow go to the body from the heart. My ejection fraction is 35. Normal people are between 50 and 60. Apparently this means that the heart could quit functioning easely, so the person would just die. They want me to get a defibulator installed. I think this will make me 100% disabled. If that PA was correct, that could be the case.

    • Anonymous
      ron
      Jan. 04, 2011

          i filed for ischemic heart desease 5 years ago, i was turned down for 5 way bypass.  i filed again under the new presumptives for a/o ischemic heart desease 5 months ago, i just went to my compensation and pension hearing on 12/29/10  it was a very simple appointment.  they checked my blood pressure 3 times, it was high.  the...

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          i filed for ischemic heart desease 5 years ago, i was turned down for 5 way bypass.  i filed again under the new presumptives for a/o ischemic heart desease 5 months ago, i just went to my compensation and pension hearing on 12/29/10  it was a very simple appointment.  they checked my blood pressure 3 times, it was high.  the doctor asked me some questions and listened to my heart.  no comment from the doctor.  they said it will take 4 to 8 weeks to hear from them.  i hoping for a 60% rating and to be paid back retroactive for atleast 5 years under the neheimer law suit act.  wish me luck.  good bye to my fellow vets.

    • Anonymous
      Joseph
      Apr. 19, 2012

      yes they gave ne secondary for heart disase 30% But I have 100% PDSD IU Apirl 06 seems like they don't want to pay all veitnam vets secondary so where is oour monies that was stolen from AIG which is Farmers they madr over billion dollars profit--  bANK OF AMERICA BORROWER A WHOLE LOT pINEplle for Hawaii An-Hhe Camp Radcliff Aril 68 August 8 1969...

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      yes they gave ne secondary for heart disase 30% But I have 100% PDSD IU Apirl 06 seems like they don't want to pay all veitnam vets secondary so where is oour monies that was stolen from AIG which is Farmers they madr over billion dollars profit--  bANK OF AMERICA BORROWER A WHOLE LOT pINEplle for Hawaii An-Hhe Camp Radcliff Aril 68 August 8 1969 Nam

    • revlonnie
      May. 01, 2010

      First time in 40 years since I have heard from anyone that was in Chu Lia, and in the Americal division.  I was there in 1970.  I had a heart attack in 2005 and I have got a mass on my lung.  I have been denied for disability from the VA, but it looks like now, I may get some assistance.  I have been on Social Security Disability benefits...

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      First time in 40 years since I have heard from anyone that was in Chu Lia, and in the Americal division.  I was there in 1970.  I had a heart attack in 2005 and I have got a mass on my lung.  I have been denied for disability from the VA, but it looks like now, I may get some assistance.  I have been on Social Security Disability benefits since my first heart attack.  I have heard from the American Legion Representative that Ischemic Heart Disease has definitely been approved for Presumptive cause from Agent Orange, but that it will be September or October before it will be finalized.  I have heard that it would be initially rated at 60%.  Do you know whether being totally disabled  according to Social Security will have any bearing on getting a better rating for Agent orange?   If you want to answer direct my email is revlonnie@bellsouth.net

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May. 20, 2010

      To point of social security, yes VA will consider that, particularly if have enough rating for Individual Unemployability. 

    • mdavis
      Jul. 22, 2010

      How long did it take your claim for PTSD to be passed?My husband was in the Army in 1970 in Vietnam ...They just told us the other day that it was in the rating stage and it would take up to 90 days from the time they recieved it, which was june 24th.Does that sound about right for?

    • Anonymous
      Elaine
      Jul. 29, 2010

      Dr Beth Cohen a VA doctor in San Francisco has tied PTSD to heart disease.  Go to google and search PTSD and Heart Disease there are so many links and studies that have been done and it proves that the stressors of PTSD do cause the immune system to create chemical levels in the body that lead to heart disease. 

       

      I am currently fighting the...

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      Dr Beth Cohen a VA doctor in San Francisco has tied PTSD to heart disease.  Go to google and search PTSD and Heart Disease there are so many links and studies that have been done and it proves that the stressors of PTSD do cause the immune system to create chemical levels in the body that lead to heart disease. 

       

      I am currently fighting the VA for my husband who was Navy and is not recognized by the VA having been exposed to Agent Orange even though the first 2 weeks he was in Vietnam he was in Da Nang Harbor or the fact that the study which was done by Australia and research universities in the US found that when the Navy pulled water out of the ocean and harbors to steam water for use on the ships the Agent Orange level when heated went to 400% concentration and our Navy boys drank this stuff.  The VA isn't going to recognize that study and is now ordering one of their own...


      Keep fighting people...Veterans and their families need to hound their representatives and congress to get the Vietnam Vets recognized 100% stop the harrassment from the VA.. I hope this helps.

    • michael
      Nov. 07, 2010

      I was also in Chu Lai in 1970. I had a heart attack at age 43 and had a quadruple bypass, since then I have had 13 stints and numerous angiograms. I  have no family history of heart disease, not over weight, and a non smoker. The only conclusion I can come up with is that this condition of mine must have been caused by exposure to agent orange. I have...

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      I was also in Chu Lai in 1970. I had a heart attack at age 43 and had a quadruple bypass, since then I have had 13 stints and numerous angiograms. I  have no family history of heart disease, not over weight, and a non smoker. The only conclusion I can come up with is that this condition of mine must have been caused by exposure to agent orange. I have read numerous post of other guys with the same problems at about the same age, all had served in the Chu Lai area. I have applied for some sort of compensation, good luck to all of you!!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Nov. 14, 2010

      Thank you for your service:

       

      Question:  Are you receiving disability money for your tentitus?  I was awarded 10% and they decided to not pay me the 10% with a weak excuse about it

      was the least  serious of the disabilities!  I was also in the Americal Division

      11th LIB 4/3 Old guard Duc Pho.

       

      Ken

    • Anonymous
      Bonifacio Domin...
      Nov. 23, 2009

      I had a stent put in around June of 2009 and I found out about two weeks ago that the VA is recognizing the link to the Agent Orange that we were in while in Vietnam. I have reopenned my case. I have two more arteries that are about 40 to 60% plugged right now. I will be meeting with my Dr. on Monday Nov 23, 2009 to see what has developed since the last visit....

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      I had a stent put in around June of 2009 and I found out about two weeks ago that the VA is recognizing the link to the Agent Orange that we were in while in Vietnam. I have reopenned my case. I have two more arteries that are about 40 to 60% plugged right now. I will be meeting with my Dr. on Monday Nov 23, 2009 to see what has developed since the last visit. The VA has recognized my diabitis and I now receive a 20% disability, but I have been fighting that since 1999 and I just received my benefit in Sep of 2008.

    • Anonymous
      donna
      Dec. 28, 2009

      i am writting this in hope that it will help you. my husband was a vietnam vet who recently passed away on the 10th of december.  he was exposed to agent orange and was 100% total disabled from the va. he had diabetes, coronary atery disease and ptsd along with several other things. he died of pneumonia and  heart problems. i strongly believe that...

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      i am writting this in hope that it will help you. my husband was a vietnam vet who recently passed away on the 10th of december.  he was exposed to agent orange and was 100% total disabled from the va. he had diabetes, coronary atery disease and ptsd along with several other things. he died of pneumonia and  heart problems. i strongly believe that agent orange was a contributing factor in his heart problems. i am still waiting autopsy results with a definite cause. after talking to the coroner he said that his arteries were severly blocked which complicated the pneumonia so they are thinking that it was a combination of the two things. if i can be of any help to you please email me dlms42@aol.com  i am now waiting to see if they put something on the death certificate that says it was service connected to see if i will receive any kind of survivor benefits. i am hoping that the fact that it was heart related that that will fall into the catagory. i wish you good luck and please let me know if i can help you.

    • Anonymous
      wajimbo
      Dec. 28, 2009

      Thank you for the replys,

      The VA has finally said that Agent Orange is one of the causes of heart disease and will be publishing that fact in the near future.  The notice below if from the VA site.


      VA Expands Agent Orange Illness List

      The Department of Veterans Affairs established a service-connection for Vietnam veterans...

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      Thank you for the replys,

      The VA has finally said that Agent Orange is one of the causes of heart disease and will be publishing that fact in the near future.  The notice below if from the VA site.


      VA Expands Agent Orange Illness List

      The Department of Veterans Affairs established a service-connection for Vietnam veterans suffering from Parkinson's disease, ischemic heart disease (IHD) and B-cell leukemias such as hairy-cell leukemia. These illnesses are now considered "presumed" illnesses. This "presumption" simplifies and speeds up the application process for VA benefits. It is important to note that this new policy will not go into effect until sometime in 2010. At which point affected veterans will be urged to submit new disability claims. Additional information about Agent Orange and VA's services and programs for veterans exposed to the chemical are available at VA's Agent Orange webpage, or call the toll-free helpline at

    • Anonymous
      chaneyann
      Dec. 29, 2009

      Thank you for the post.  I am so sorry for your loss.  I really believe that the VA needs to take responsibility for everyone that was effected by agent Orange.  My mother has her case in for 15 years now and by the grace of God, it is still being looked at.  Please keep us posted on your husbands autopsy report.  We need to all work...

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      Thank you for the post.  I am so sorry for your loss.  I really believe that the VA needs to take responsibility for everyone that was effected by agent Orange.  My mother has her case in for 15 years now and by the grace of God, it is still being looked at.  Please keep us posted on your husbands autopsy report.  We need to all work together to make things happen.  

    • paigeky5
      Jan. 12, 2011

      Even if the autopsy says nothing about your husband dying of a service connected disease, you are entitled to a pension because he was a war time veteran, serving in a country where there was war...So if it was not service connected, still file your claim, as his widow...you are due compensation...

    • carol Mickens
      Feb. 27, 2011

      Hello Donna

      I am in the same situation as you. My husband had IHD, diabetes, acne, blisters. liver disease and much more. He had had 4 heartattacks then a bypass. he died while waiting for a heart transplant. Our 17 year old will be going to college in the fall; the light of my life. Goodluck on your claim. I have been waiting over 6 months.

      Carol

    • Hess
      Jan. 13, 2010

      Ischemic heart disease is now presumptive (as of Oct 09) drop me a line at mapmak8376@aol.com and I will give you all that is going on now. Welcome home. I was on Plantation '69-70.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jun. 12, 2010

      It's evidently not the VA's face you need to wave information in it's the law makers faces - like the Vets favorite Senator Web - the VA just carries out what the law makers dictate.  

       

      I have had heart problems since my return from Vietnam - heart attacks, by passes, A-fibs, and PVC.s.  My cardiologist of 20 years told me years ago that he...

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      It's evidently not the VA's face you need to wave information in it's the law makers faces - like the Vets favorite Senator Web - the VA just carries out what the law makers dictate.  

       

      I have had heart problems since my return from Vietnam - heart attacks, by passes, A-fibs, and PVC.s.  My cardiologist of 20 years told me years ago that he saw vets all the time who were suffering from A-fibs when he was in Medical School in the early 1970's.  He went on to state that the medical community has known about the connection between heart disease and agent orange for years. The problem lies in interpretation of the information, and political positioning. The truth may set you free, but it sure in the hell won't change Web's mind.  It's all about power and the $$$$$ - may God help us.  

    • Anonymous
      Hlrow
      Jun. 29, 2010

      Heart Disease and combat exposure  GOES TOGETHER  like Milk and  Honey.

      Evidence linking AO exposure to IHD shown BY IOM  POSITIVE  testing.

      When You hear over 35 years that most Vietnam COMBAT Vets Have needed

      quarduple BI pass Surgery  but the surgions say those hearts were strong ,you know it was from DIOXIN.Senetor Webb of...

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      Heart Disease and combat exposure  GOES TOGETHER  like Milk and  Honey.

      Evidence linking AO exposure to IHD shown BY IOM  POSITIVE  testing.

      When You hear over 35 years that most Vietnam COMBAT Vets Have needed

      quarduple BI pass Surgery  but the surgions say those hearts were strong ,you know it was from DIOXIN.Senetor Webb of Virginia stated that he wanted a review of the Agent Orange Added Diseases Three3 new ones  since SO MANY
      VIET NAM VETERANS  HAVE THE DISEASE....he goes on to say that ONLY 10%

      of vietnam veterans served in combat at any one time....I SAY that if Senator

      Webb a Decorated Vietnam Verteran as I AM  is concerned that SO SO MANY

      VIETNAM VETS HAVE HEART DISEASE   and had the disease for OVER 30 YEARS

      i think he shoulf finaly agree ith ALL those in CONGRESS that believe THOSE  vets were ib fact EXPOSED to DIOXIN  while in COMBAT and are ENTITLED to the

      "EARNED BENEFITS" as stated in text by President Abraham Lincoln addressing

      the Warriors and Wives and Children.

    • Anonymous
      Hlrow
      Jun. 29, 2010

      Heart Disease and combat exposure  GOES TOGETHER  like Milk and  Honey.

      Evidence linking AO exposure to IHD shown BY IOM  POSITIVE  testing.

      When You hear over 35 years that most Vietnam COMBAT Vets Have needed

      quarduple BI pass Surgery  but the surgions say those hearts were strong ,you know it was from DIOXIN.Senetor Webb of...

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      Heart Disease and combat exposure  GOES TOGETHER  like Milk and  Honey.

      Evidence linking AO exposure to IHD shown BY IOM  POSITIVE  testing.

      When You hear over 35 years that most Vietnam COMBAT Vets Have needed

      quarduple BI pass Surgery  but the surgions say those hearts were strong ,you know it was from DIOXIN.Senetor Webb of Virginia stated that he wanted a review of the Agent Orange Added Diseases Three3 new ones  since SO MANY
      VIET NAM VETERANS  HAVE THE DISEASE....he goes on to say that ONLY 10%

      of vietnam veterans served in combat at any one time....I SAY that if Senator

      Webb a Decorated Vietnam Verteran as I AM  is concerned that SO SO MANY

      VIETNAM VETS HAVE HEART DISEASE   and had the disease for OVER 30 YEARS

      i think he shoulf finaly agree ith ALL those in CONGRESS that believe THOSE  vets were ib fact EXPOSED to DIOXIN  while in COMBAT and are ENTITLED to the

      "EARNED BENEFITS" as stated in text by President Abraham Lincoln addressing

      the Warriors and Wives and Children.

    • Anonymous
      Jimbo
      Jul. 12, 2010

      I too just had and ICD implanted in March 2010.  My heart problems started in 1995 or before when i starting having heart rhythm problems.  I have already filed a claim on my ischemic heart disease and hopefully the three new presumptive diseases will not be taken off the list because of one grandstanding Senator from Virginia.  Let the Sectretary...

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      I too just had and ICD implanted in March 2010.  My heart problems started in 1995 or before when i starting having heart rhythm problems.  I have already filed a claim on my ischemic heart disease and hopefully the three new presumptive diseases will not be taken off the list because of one grandstanding Senator from Virginia.  Let the Sectretary do his job which he had the authority to add these new diseases.  The Senator from Virginia (Jim Webb) is a VietNam veteran who has turned his back on veterans like us.  Hopefully the veterans in Virginia will vote his ass out come November!  Good Luck; hope you condition improves.  All we can do now is hope for the best.  Senator Webb calls ischemic heart disease an "Old Man's" disease! Just maybe someday he will need an ICD or a heart transplant due to heart failure caused by A.O.  

    • Anonymous
      Jimbo
      Jul. 12, 2010

      I too just had and ICD implanted in March 2010.  My heart problems started in 1995 or before when i starting having heart rhythm problems.  I have already filed a claim on my ischemic heart disease and hopefully the three new presumptive diseases will not be taken off the list because of one grandstanding Senator from Virginia.  Let the Sectretary...

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      I too just had and ICD implanted in March 2010.  My heart problems started in 1995 or before when i starting having heart rhythm problems.  I have already filed a claim on my ischemic heart disease and hopefully the three new presumptive diseases will not be taken off the list because of one grandstanding Senator from Virginia.  Let the Sectretary do his job which he had the authority to add these new diseases.  The Senator from Virginia (Jim Webb) is a VietNam veteran who has turned his back on veterans like us.  Hopefully the veterans in Virginia will vote his ass out come November!  Good Luck; hope you condition improves.  All we can do now is hope for the best.  Senator Webb calls ischemic heart disease an "Old Man's" disease! Just maybe someday he will need an ICD or a heart transplant due to heart failure caused by A.O.  

    • gary ogden
      Oct. 11, 2010

      Hi

      I knew something was wrong but still had a daughter to marry and a trip to take with the wife.  After both was accomplished I entered the VA clinic in Walla Walla.  My condition was critical enough at that time that they sent me to the local hospital by ambulance.  I spent the weekend before they were able to control my blood pressures. ...

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      Hi

      I knew something was wrong but still had a daughter to marry and a trip to take with the wife.  After both was accomplished I entered the VA clinic in Walla Walla.  My condition was critical enough at that time that they sent me to the local hospital by ambulance.  I spent the weekend before they were able to control my blood pressures.  They found that only a portion of the heart is working and now I'm on several medication to combat the condition.  I have tried to get help from the V.A., like so many others that I have read about here and other articles.  The clinic has done wonders as far as being helpful.  The problems that I'm having are they (the government in Idaho) that my condition is not service related.  I hate to be just one more of the numbers that they can pass over without taking responsibility.  Where has all the millions of Dollars gone that was collected from these chemical companies that created this problem

    • Daughter of a Vet.
      Oct. 22, 2010

      Hello.. My father served in Vietnam in the most effected areas.  After he came home he had a son.  His son (my half brother..we have the same father) is now 40 years old and was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.  His ejection fraction in his heart was only 10 percent, so needless to say he was almost dead when they found it.  He had to have...

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      Hello.. My father served in Vietnam in the most effected areas.  After he came home he had a son.  His son (my half brother..we have the same father) is now 40 years old and was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.  His ejection fraction in his heart was only 10 percent, so needless to say he was almost dead when they found it.  He had to have a pacemaker and will be facing a heart transplant very soon.  He went to OU(hospital) and has went through many test, and they CAN NOT find the cause of it.  I am 26 years old and was just diagnosed with the same thing and will be getting a pacemaker also.  So far they cannot find the cause to mine either!  We also have a sister that was born with mental retardation.  Years later her health started going downhill and she was diagnosed with a mitacondrial disored, not related to the mental retardation.  They also can NOT find the cause behind either of her diagnoses.  My father has suffered so much and is in and out of the hospital with blockages in his neck, and they can no longer do anything for him.  He just recently started bleeding rectally and is undergoing testing for it!  Pray for us!! Hopefully we can open up someones eyes and prove that AO is the cause for so many things!!! 

    • Anonymous
      juarez
      Feb. 01, 2011

      I went into the VA for an agent orange exam and they found what they called a lypoma I was 35 and had open heart surgery for it. I remember bathing in bomb craters and remember when we would be eating either in the Iron Triangle or the Michelin plantation they were spraying the crap

    • Anonymous
      johnh14
      Mar. 09, 2011

      I also have IHD which is now under review with the VA. I have 5 stints, a pace maker and defibulator.  I also have type 11 dietbities and ptsd.  Currently recievieng 70% from Va and 100% from SS.  Good luck on your claim.

    • DA SOBERG
      Sep. 15, 2011

      have had a pacemaker since 1986 ,

      ripe old age of 36. nam 67/68 173rd and 101st  AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY

    • DORIS MARIE SHOTWELL
      May. 08, 2010

      MY HUSBAND,PRINCE LEE SHOTWELL PASSED APRIL 26YH THIS YEAR.HAD CONGESTED HEART FAILURE,NOW MY DAUGHTER ALSO HAVE CHF AND MY SELF TOO.I CARRIED 6 OF HIS CHILDREN AND I WAS TOLD THIS TOXIN POISON WAS IN HIS DNA.I TOO HAVE SYMPTOMS OF AGENT ORANGE FROM MY HUSBAND..

    • Terry
      May. 09, 2010

      My husband passed away Sept 2, 2009.  He was 80% service connected for PTSD, hearing and tinnitus and we were trying so hard to get that 100% but never did.  He was on oxygen constantly for 3 years before he died and had CHF.  He was in the hospital in Jan 2009 for surgery and had a cardiac arrest and did not get enough oxygen during the CPR...

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      My husband passed away Sept 2, 2009.  He was 80% service connected for PTSD, hearing and tinnitus and we were trying so hard to get that 100% but never did.  He was on oxygen constantly for 3 years before he died and had CHF.  He was in the hospital in Jan 2009 for surgery and had a cardiac arrest and did not get enough oxygen during the CPR and was left with brain damage and was in a vegetative state coma for 9 months.  Due to the history of CHF and the cardiac arrest does anyone here think he may qualify for the 100%?  He was in Nam in 67-68 and remembers the Agent Orange covering them.

       

      If he would get 100%, how would that help me now that he has passed away?

       

      Thanks so much, Terry

    • paigeky5
      Jan. 12, 2011

      Terry I am sorry for your loss, however, you are still entitled to a pension from the VA, because he was a war time veteran serving in a war zone...apply for your pension, you are a war time widow and will get compensated for it...

    • DORIS MARIE SHOTWELL
      May. 08, 2010

      MY HUSBAND,PRINCE LEE SHOTWELL PASSED APRIL 26YH THIS YEAR.HAD CONGESTED HEART FAILURE,NOW MY DAUGHTER ALSO HAVE CHF AND MY SELF TOO.I CARRIED 6 OF HIS CHILDREN AND I WAS TOLD THIS TOXIN POISON WAS IN HIS DNA.I TOO HAVE SYMPTOMS OF AGENT ORANGE FROM MY HUSBAND..

    • Debbie
      May. 26, 2010

      Good Evening,

      If your father passed from coronary heart decease, and he was in Vietnam twice, your mother will just have to apply for the benefits.  Have your mother call the DAV or American Legion to speak to one of their Service officers.  Once the presumptive issue is passed by the Sec. of Veterans Affairs, she should be able to get death benefits. ...

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      Good Evening,

      If your father passed from coronary heart decease, and he was in Vietnam twice, your mother will just have to apply for the benefits.  Have your mother call the DAV or American Legion to speak to one of their Service officers.  Once the presumptive issue is passed by the Sec. of Veterans Affairs, she should be able to get death benefits.  I would not be surprised if they paid back to the unfortunate time of your father's death. 

      My husband served in Vietnam, never smoked, not over weight, and just this week had triple bypass surgery.  Was suppose to be quadruple, but the forth artery was 85% blocked, and too short for repair.  He is only 58 years old.  It was only because he had recently formed blood clots in his legs and lung that they even found his condition.

      We have already submitted paperwork.

      Please be proactive for your Mom.

      Good luck,

      Debbie :):)

    • Larry Lynch
      Jul. 02, 2010

      Debbie:

       

      I am a 70 year old Vietnam Vet. I was in Nam 67-68 and 70-71 for toal of29 months. I have three "kids" and the oldest was born with CP and at 16 yrs of age had contracted Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer. He finally recovered but now had neuropathy in hands and feet. He also got alopecia and has no hair on most of head.

      I have suffered from blood clots...

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      Debbie:

       

      I am a 70 year old Vietnam Vet. I was in Nam 67-68 and 70-71 for toal of29 months. I have three "kids" and the oldest was born with CP and at 16 yrs of age had contracted Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer. He finally recovered but now had neuropathy in hands and feet. He also got alopecia and has no hair on most of head.

      I have suffered from blood clots in left leg and was told I will be on coumadin (warfarin) blood thinner for the rest of my "life". I have been to the ER twice by ambulence for blood pressure bottoming out while in bed and got dizzy etc. O have had EKGs, Walking the treadmill etc and they say no probs. I have tinnitus and was wanting to know if you know if VA will recognizae my heart habing a leaking right ventrical but also leaks in the left ventrical as well now. I have memory lapses and my right eye does not always pivk up periphera things that I am always bumping into. CT scans showed right frontal lobe bleeds from the past but not sure from what it is caused by. I also have tremors and so do my three kids as well, Sometime I have to hold a cup with both hands to stop shaking tremors. Back was broken twice

      and L3-5 lumbar area is deteriorating. I have NO idea if any of this will be VA disability rated but am just now filing. There are times when I feel like I am among the living dead. If you have any ideas of VA and what I can expect plewase let me know

    • Debbie
      Jul. 04, 2010

      Hi Larry,

      I would not presume to know all that is going on with the VA about birth defects, and SP can be caused during the birthing procedure.  However, there would be no harm in speaking with a DAV or Legion Service Officer to ask them about your situation.

      I wish you and your family well. 

      Best Regards,

      Debbie

    • Anonymous
      fer
      Jul. 07, 2010

      Served in Vietnam 1969 and was exposed to Agent Orange.  On August 2009, had heart attack, had 3 bypasses (open heart surgery), and in april 2010 had 4 stents, because the arteries got clogged again.  I have other conditions, like diabetes mellitis type 2 (VA gave me a 20%), high blood pressure,ptsd, high cholesterol.  I've been in hospitals 8...

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      Served in Vietnam 1969 and was exposed to Agent Orange.  On August 2009, had heart attack, had 3 bypasses (open heart surgery), and in april 2010 had 4 stents, because the arteries got clogged again.  I have other conditions, like diabetes mellitis type 2 (VA gave me a 20%), high blood pressure,ptsd, high cholesterol.  I've been in hospitals 8 times since August.  Anyway, I requested an evaluation from the VA, for the Ischemic Heart Desease, and they performed such evaluation, last week, they told me , that I'll get response in a couple of months.  Good luck to all of you, and I know that this condition will be connected with the Orang Agent

    • Anonymous
      darrell
      Jul. 04, 2010

      Sorry about your father. You may be able to get his doctor to confirm the heart disease and get aletter confirmint it and get THE DAV not the dve, t help you with this. good luck

    • Patriotic
      Jul. 13, 2010

      I would check with your nearest VAMC (VA medical Center) and speak with the Agent Orange Coordinator. You can check the list of VA Environmental Health Coordinator at this website: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/eh_coordinators.asp. They can help you get an Agent Orange Exam.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Mar. 09, 2011

      My husband was a Marine Vietnam Vet.  He was a recon scout and fought the famous battle of Kay Sahn.  He served in areas that were full of Agent Orange.  Two summers ago he had to have open heart surgery and 5 by-passes and he had to have a pace-maker and defibulator put in.  I recently read that they were giving more benefits to heart problem...

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      My husband was a Marine Vietnam Vet.  He was a recon scout and fought the famous battle of Kay Sahn.  He served in areas that were full of Agent Orange.  Two summers ago he had to have open heart surgery and 5 by-passes and he had to have a pace-maker and defibulator put in.  I recently read that they were giving more benefits to heart problem Vets who were exposed to Agent Orange.  If you have any information on this subject please reply. Thanks!

    • hab49
      Jun. 22, 2012

      In Oct of 2011 I had a angiogram which turned into a triple bypass.  I was informed that I was a walking dead man and would not have survived a heart attack and would have been DOA.   I was in Vietnam in 1971.

    • Anonymous
      Dale Smith
      Feb. 28, 2013

      I Am a vietnam Vet, served in combat in 1969-1970, I ran patrol's along the Cambodia border, where the goverment put down a high concentration of Agent Orange. (fast foreward) In 2008, I had tripple bypass surgery, the reason thought to be a birth defect (which was there) In 2011 I had  Quadruple bypass surgery, because the new...

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      I Am a vietnam Vet, served in combat in 1969-1970, I ran patrol's along the Cambodia border, where the goverment put down a high concentration of Agent Orange. (fast foreward) In 2008, I had tripple bypass surgery, the reason thought to be a birth defect (which was there) In 2011 I had  Quadruple bypass surgery, because the new arteries they  put in collapsed. My Cardiologist said it this way to my best friend. "Boy it's a mess in there".

       

      After an eight month wait from the time I filed the claim, I was given a settlement of several thousand dollars, a life time penson, complete Medical coverage, as well as Dental eye and hearing coverage, etc. etc. ec  and a letter saying this was caused 100% by Agent Orange. And I have 100% Disability coverage.

       

      I also heard that if you did a tour in Vietnam from 196? to 197? and have any symptons from the effects listed from Agent Orange, your qualify for compensation.

       

      I would like to add that my treatment from the VA was very good, unlike the Horror stories I have heard                                     

       Sincerely Just another infected GI

  • Sue
    Sue
    Sep. 29, 2008

    Hello and thanks for your post.  I was not able to find this informaiton on our site.  However I thought you might want to read the following material:

     

    Causes and Risk Factors

    Causes of Type 1 Diabetes

    Causes of Type 2 Diabetes

     

    As well, here is the Agent Orange information on the Department of Veteran's Affairs website.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep. 29, 2008

    if your heart disease is caused my diabetes than it is caused by AO.  That was true as of 2006, check the va website or the AO websites

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 29, 2008

      woops typo, that should be if it was caused by diabetes.  Diabetes is a presumptive condition by AO.