As a veteran, I am glad to see that the VA is now allowing "blue water" Navy vets to be eligible for PCa-related benefits. ("Blue water" Navy veterans being those who, as the link says, served on U.S. Navy ships "... not more than 12 nautical miles seaward from ... the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia" (as opposed to "brown water" Navy vets, those who served on in-country Navy vessels on the rivers and waterways within those two countries).
Prostate cancer is number 12 on the list of "presumptive conditions" listed in the link for which Vietnam veterans may apply for benefits.
The link also says that If those veterans were denied claims for benefits in the past, they are now "urged to file a new claim" which will be processed, and they will presumably now be awarded benefits.
It is also gratifying to read that "... If the claimant dies while his or her claim is pending, a living dependent, such as a spouse or child, may file a request to be substituted as the claimant."
There has been at least one poster here on this forum in the past, Purgatory, who was a "blue water" veteran, and who reported to us the difficulties he had in trying to get VA benefits, being in that category before this new policy. He reported that he eventually did receive benefits after much effort, but it's good to know that others in that group will now have it easier because of this policy change.
A cynic might say that the government is finally enabling this extension of benefits only because the number of Navy vets affected by this has significantly decreased over the years due to their passing from age, and thus the benefit cost to the government is less than it would have been before.
But I am willing to think that the government is taking this action now because
it realized that those veterans are now passing away in larger numbers, their active duty service did qualify them for benefits, and they should be granted benefits now while there is still time.
In either case, it's a commendable action by the government, through the VA, for this deserving group.
This new VA policy will be implemented effective January of next year, the link says.
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 to 0.3 range
Post Edited (81GyGuy) : 11/3/2019 9:28:11 AM (GMT-7)