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The Battle Will be Won

19 Aug 2013 08:38 #91 by daleisok1
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I have noticed that this year the VA has been approving more claims for exposure to tactical herbicides on perimeters in Thailand. I hope the trend continues. But there are still folks in regional offices that look at your DD214 and see if you had service in Vietnam if it is not there in my opinion they go no further.

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22 Jun 2013 17:22 #76 by jdavis
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Only taken me a few months to respond to you and I'm sorry, but I am so glad you continued to pursue your claim and didn't let it go like so many have.

I'm just sorry you had to go to such great expense to get what was rightfully owed to you!

Jim

Jim Davis
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06 Jun 2013 15:01 #72 by daleisok1
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I think if ou had pictures of spraying in Thailand, from barrels labeled AGENT ORANGE, the regional level of DVA would most likely deny you claim if your DD 214 did not show service in Vietnam. This is a sad statement and it is getting better but still regional level people seem not to care. i was denied, denied, remanded, denied at regional before I went to D.C. for a hearing and got approved. Looking over my case they went back and actually "read" all my evidence, not jus peruse it. I am not saying all regional are like this but it certainly seems so from many storeies I hear.

When you maked your case use any sworn statement from anybody that had duty in the same location as you. Use the 500 meter rule for establishing your work and living area in relation to the perimeter. for instance if you worked on flight line at Ubon you were very close to the perimeter. If you do go to D.C., state the truth as you know and use evidence as you know to be true and I bet you will get approved. I thought I could not afford to spend the $2000.00 it cose me to go but believe me it has paid many dividends. If I can help let me know.
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26 Feb 2013 10:28 #52 by daklander
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If there's a way to locate the plans/specs for the road construction it will help that type of claim, which has to be for direct exposure and must use the word "herbicide". In this type of claim, photos and buddy letters would also be an absolute must because there is no accepted spraying by the Government.
The photos would have to show dead and dying foliage which would give credence to the affect of herbicides. If the photos are lush and green you'd shoot yourself in the foot using them.

Keep in mind "herbicide" is the plausible deniability word for Agent Orange the Government uses instead of the real thing.

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26 Feb 2013 08:46 #51 by daleisok1
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On May 2010 the DVA published its findings on tactical herbicides usage in Thailand (Agent Orange), which they vehemently denied from the git go except in a test area. This is good but they went on and stated that Army personnel that was in Thailand must prove they were on the perimeter basically as an MP. A large majority of Army personnel were stationed at Korat (Camp Friendship) and they were assogmed om a large engineer fgroup. These people basically built the roads that are still in use in Thailand today. In other words they defoliated many, many, miles of jungle. They are having a hard time getting anything as with those Army personnel that were stationed at the 26 radio/radar sites built in Thailand. The battle that must be fought with our elected officials is to make all those that served in Thailand persumptive for exposure. I have noticed in this current t year they have approved more Thailand veterans (air force) but still many get remanded and I blame that on regional offices that do not review the whole file when a veteran files. That is why I was approved in D.C. (I believe) because the whole file was reviewed.
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