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Old 06-01-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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Just received my AO claim/entitlement in the mail this week. My monthly entitlement it says is 10% a month. I was hoping for at least 30% for my ischemic heart problem.
It says I can file a Disagreement letter with more medical information. This is not a Appeal. I don't think that I want to Appeal.
What is your take on this Vietnam Vets???

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Old 06-01-2013, 06:46 PM   #2
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My lungs are terrible & the VA awarded me 60% with not much data. MY AFSC might have something to do with it & my association with C-130's which hauled a lot of the stuff.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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For heaven's sake, get a hold of a "Service Rep" from some organizations like VVA, VFW, DVA and refile. I started with a 60%, and a year ago got an upgrade backdated to the start on the heart disease issue and ultimately ended up with a 70%. Always remember that like SS, The VA has the policy that if you put them off long enough, they die and nobody gets paid. You must be proactive in your fight.
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:58 PM   #4
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Stano, get in touch with with the nearest Disabled American Veterans office Monday morning as soon as you can. Take all the paperwork with you and let them handle your case from now on. They will take care of everything that needs to be done.

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I filed a claim in June 2012 for my Tongue Cancer. All the documents that they wanted were sent, and I have yet to here back whether or not I've been approved. You guys have prompted me to at least write a follow up letter. How long does it usually take to hear something?

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Like it was said before, turn it over to a orginazition like the DAV, VFW, with all of your info. Also apply for disability compensation. If and when you get this you are esentially 100% disabled and get the same benifit as !00% get. You must be proactive. If you don't they win.
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Like it was said before, turn it over to a orginazition like the DAV, VFW, with all of your info. Also apply for disability compensation. If and when you get this you are esentially 100% disabled and get the same benifit as !00% get. You must be proactive. If you don't they win.
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Thanks everyone,
I was represented through the Marine Corps League Veterans Service Office. They have a office at our local VA office here where I live here in Michigan. I guess I better get on the phone Monday!

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Stano,

Here is a list of presumptive diseases associated with AO. Your ischemic heart problem is listed. You need to tell them about any other maladies you have. High blood pressure, PTSD, and anything else. They will determine the association with you and AO. Did you have a interview with the service representative?

Presumptive AO Diseases
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The VA is in the AO/PTSD mode. If you have ANYTHING wrong with you, the VA will diagnose it as one of the two.
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Stano,

Here is a list of presumptive diseases associated with AO. Your ischemic heart problem is listed. You need to tell them about any other maladies you have. High blood pressure, PTSD, and anything else. They will determine the association with you and AO. Did you have a interview with the service representative?

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Yes I did have a interview after I received my AO 10% compensation letter as stated above. She said I should take the 10% and be happy! in so many words!

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My neighbor gets 40% because a guy fell on him inside the airplane. The S.O.B filed every appeal he could including wounded warriors and get this, it happened 10 years ago and he is still fighting for more! He works full-time for UPS as a truck loader and he is only 57 years old. We will support his ass 'till he dies. Wish I hadn't opened this thread.........dammit!
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Yes I did have a interview after I received my AO 10% compensation letter as stated above. She said I should take the 10% and be happy! in so many words!

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I don't believe that they give a percentage rating for just AO. It has to stipulate the disease. They should have giving you the medical term(s). Ten percent gets your foot in the door. There has to be some specificity to the AO claim and findings.

It sounds like you have a case of poor service advisor. Seek another one, like a DAV representative. Most of the DAV advisors are just that, Disable American Veterans. They have been there, done that.

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It's a battle all the way! Us (veterans) versus them (the VA bureaucrats).

Right now I'm in the phase of "we can't locate your paperwork, you have until 16 June to refile". Got that notice yesterday via email. Fortunately my VFW rep already had me make copies of anything sent forward. He has copies; I have copies.

The VA must have a game book that encourages their bureaucrats to delay, deny, and lose paperwork.

I will report back here when I see some progress. Possibly it will help others with ideas and methods. VFW rep is fairly confident that due to AO exposure I should get at least 30% (prostate cancer), 10% (tinnitus). Then there are a few other things that I'm sure will require a total physical to prove (high BP, spinal compression fractures, fractured and restored hip, etc). Heck, other than that, I'm just a poster boy of perfect health!
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It's a battle all the way! Us (veterans) versus them (the VA bureaucrats).

Right now I'm in the phase of "we can't locate your paperwork, you have until 16 June to refile". Got that notice yesterday via email. Fortunately my VFW rep already had me make copies of anything sent forward. He has copies; I have copies.

The VA must have a game book that encourages their bureaucrats to delay, deny, and lose paperwork.

I will report back here when I see some progress. Possibly it will help others with ideas and methods. VFW rep is fairly confident that due to AO exposure I should get at least 30% (prostate cancer), 10% (tinnitus). Then there are a few other things that I'm sure will require a total physical to prove (high BP, spinal compression fractures, fractured and restored hip, etc). Heck, other than that, I'm just a poster boy of perfect health!
And get this: 10% by VA math is only $129.00 a month. Another slap in the face for the Vietnam Vet!

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