After fighting the VA for 3 years and 10 months, I got the news in the mail today. The VA has approved my Agent Orange Disability Claim. Basically, any member of the armed forces that were on the ground in Viet-Nam during the war, and then later get prostate cancer, are entitled to 100% VA Disability.
I was denied twice by the VA in SC, and had been on appeal in DC for over a year.
What it means to me, is they have to pay me back all the way till December of 2009, plus start my regular monthly checks. When I die, my wife will continue to get half of that. And the money is tax free.
Plus as a disabled vet in SC, I will no longer have to pay property taxes on my house or my car, and will get a free tag for life. Plus they have to pay me back for the taxes I have paid the past nearly 4 years.
I am so excited, and it was one heck of a fight, but I knew I was correct and had earned this. The joke among us Nam vets, is that the VA hopes we will die before they ever have to settle up.
My biggest dream will be realized, as if my cancer does indeed take me out, I will feel better knowing that I have provided for my wife, and she won't be burdened with any debts. For that I am thankful forever.
Post Edited (Purgatory) : 10/26/2013 8:09:26 PM (GMT-6)