Just an update on my PCa journey and VA Disability Benefits. I am putting this here for others that may need the info now and for future members that will come here looking for answers.
In October 2009, I learned here at HW that I might be eligible for VA Disability because of my PCa and Vietnam service. It's all about
Agent Orange relation to PCa.
I submitted my claim in October 2009 and was called to the VA in Jan 2010 for a physical evaluation. My claim was approved in April 2010 (back paid to Oct 09) for 100% disability. Additionally, and I try not to laugh too hard, I was awarded a Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) of $96.00. This award is for the "loss of a creative organ". In government speak, this is the award for ED and the fact that it does not work any more.
In January 2011 I was directed to report to the VA for another physical and re-evaluation.
Today I received correspondence stating that I would continue to receive 100% disability.
Further my status has been changed to "Permanent and Total". This means I will not have to go through any further exams and re-evaluation. Also, in my last exam I reported that METS had been found and they would like me to submit documentation of the findings as I may be eligible for further compensation.
In Florida, Veterans also receive benefits when they are designated P&T. These are; DAV license plates for all of my vehicles at no cost; no cost hunting and fishing licenses; ID cards for my wife and I for access to all military bases and use of the exchanges and facilities; and last but not least in Florida, P&T status relieves me of paying any "Property Taxes" on my home.
Please understand I am not posting this here because I feel like I found a winning lottery ticket. Yes I am glad the "Blue Bird of Happiness" has visited me once again, but I would trade all of this to have never gotten the PCa diagnosis in the first place.
I post it here for all of you that may be eligible for VA Benefits and are just not aware of it. There are many of you that could probably use a little help in dealing with this crappy journey we are all on.
All of this is further evidence of the absolute value of HW and the help and support that is freely given here. I would have never known about
any of this if not for HW.
As an aside, this whole discussion I learned from, about
Agent Orange and PCa was one that Purgatory had started that October day in 2009. He was informing us all about
the possible benefits and the fact that he was submitting his claim.
As of my conversation with him today, "He has still not been approved and is going through the "red tape" appeal process. The guy just can't catch a break with any darn thing.
60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
da Vinci 9/17/09 Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Tumor Volume 12.5% positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
PSA .6 IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9
3/7/11 PSA 4.2
4/10/11 PSA 3.8
Post Edited (Sonny3) : 4/27/2011 4:14:27 PM (GMT-6)