Cold War Korea Vets eligible for Agent Orange benefits

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James C.
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   Posted 1/30/2011 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
www.emaxhealth.com/1275/more-korean-war-vets-can-make-agent-orange-claims

Here's something I didn't know before. Seems they sprayed Orange in the DMZ during the Cold War era. Any Korea assigned guys here? Worth checking out.
James C. Age 63
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Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
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Purgatory
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   Posted 1/30/2011 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Didn't know that. I can't imagine too many Korean War Vets around with Prostate Cancer who are still alive. The VA is probably thankful that they won't have too many takers on that one. I am still awaiting my final decision on my Viet-Nam related Agent Orange Claim, and it was started around September of 2009, think of all that back pay building up, if I ever live to see it.
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James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 1/30/2011 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
That's the thing...it isn't about Korea War vets, it's about Korea assigned Cold War troops who guarded the DMZ. I think the article mentioned 50's, 60's and even 70's troops assigned there. Seems they were exposed, or at least some, to Agent Orange while guarding the DMZ, for a couple decades or more.
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man tinyurl.com/28e8qcg
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 01/11-.09
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

fertree
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   Posted 1/31/2011 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was diagnosed at a VA hospital (Seattle) in the packet of info they gave me was 1 sheet of paper that simply said that if you were in Korea in 1968 or 1969 you may be eligible for benefits. I went online and found they sprayed along the DMZ, and around Panmunjom. Although I was with Armed Forces Radio in Seoul, I visited Panmunjom on the day of the release of the USS Pueblo. I filed a claim, and they called me within a couple of days and basically said "prove it." I went on Facebook and within a day found 3 people I had known 40 years ago who agreed to support my claim. Then I found my CO on Facebook and within 3 days all 4 people wrote supporting statements, including the CO who quoted from his After-Action report putting me on the bus to Panmunjom. 10 days after sending it all in, I had my surgery. By the time I returned from the hospital, my first disability payment had been direct deposited. The entire process, from my the filing of my statement of facts to direct deposit was 3 weeks. This all started last April. The moral of the story is, if you were there, and can prove it, you get it. You don't have to have been stationed there (although if you are on the list of approved units you're automatically approved) but then you must prove you were there during that time period.
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Nerve bundles removed (based on original Gleason 8)
Incontenence: 6+pads for 9 weeks, dropped to 3 pads in 1 day.
First PSA >.01
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