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elpaso
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   Posted 3/29/2006 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
FYI for the military veterans out there. If you served in Vietnam and have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you are eligibilty for VA disability. There is a presumption that the cancer was caused by exposure to Agent Orange. You only need to show that you are a Vietnam vet (submit your DD-214) and that you were diagnosed with the disesese. You do not have to prove exposure to Agent Orange. The length of time for the benefit depends on when treatment ends and other factors. VA has a web site and you can apply online, or see a veterans service officer.

elpaso
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   Posted 5/26/2006 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I applied for VA disability in early March and received my award letter today. I'm rated at 100 percent for six months and then get reviewed ... The benefit is awarded even if you are working full time ... Again this is connected to the possibility of Agent Orange exposure causing the cancer.

pooks6719
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   Posted 6/15/2006 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
  Do you have any idea how long it usually takes to get a reply from the VA on this type of request?  We went to our local VA rep., took all our papers and he filled out the form and submitted.  We got a letter stating they received the request and will be in touch.  We submitted around the end of Mar. 06.   Do different states respond sooner than others?  We are in PA.  My husband was originally diag at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh with a PSA of 30 and a Gleason 9.  These sites and the information they provide is wonderful.  Hope you are doing well and can give me some idea of how long we will have to wait before we hear anything.

elpaso
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   Posted 6/17/2006 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I completed online application using the VA web site March 4 and submitted my DD 214 and medical records a few days later. about three weeks later VA sent me a couple of forms to complete, one due to a failure on my part to include a date on the original application. I received my award letter May 26. So it was almost three months from application to final notification. First check, retroactive to April 1, arrived in early June. I work as a medical social worker, and I have helped a couple of vets with lung cancer get disability. Their claims were processed in 75-80 days. You can call to the VA at 1-800-827-1000 to inquire about the status of your disabililty claim. When I called to inquire, I was told the average time from submission of a claim to an award decision was 208 days. But I believe that factors in complicated cases. Prostate cancer decisions are fairly straight forward. I live in Florida; don't know if processing times vary from state to state ... Good luck with the VA, and I wish your husband a speedy recovery from treatment.

pooks6719
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   Posted 10/27/2006 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
 Just an update and a question.  My husband got his awards letter - he is 100% sc for pc and will get his follow-up in six months.  He is due to get his hormone implant taken out in Dec of 2006.  We do not know if another implant is an option or not at this point but my husband is wondering if the doctor gives him another implant that will last another year til Dec 2007 will the VA still consider him 100%.  Are you eligible for the 100% as long as you are on a treatment?  I've been reading some VA sites and I think this is the case but not sure.

Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 10/30/2006 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

Thanks for this information!  My bf was just diagnosed with prostate cancer and served in Vietnam.  Does anyone have a link to the online form on the VA site?  The only one I can find is not working.

Thanks,

Tanya


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 10/31/2006 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   

follow up:

the link came back up and filled it out.  so no response needed, thanks!


kjg
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   Posted 11/1/2006 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
so you are tellingme any veteran who served durning vietnam can get some disabilty  what us the web site to go to

pooks6719
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   Posted 11/2/2006 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Here is a good place to start reading about some of the benefits from the VA.
My husband was in Vietnam during the time Agent Orange was used and now has prostate cancer.  The VA recently classified his prostate cancer as service connected and he now gets compensated for it and they will treat him if we choose.
 
cancer in 6 out of 12 samples - Gleason 9
Radiation / 12 month Hormone Implant
 


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 11/2/2006 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

This is the link I used to fill out the form online.

vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

you have to register and then can fill out the online form.

Tanya


JOHNBOY
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   Posted 11/4/2006 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
smurf  I applies for Va disabilityfor prostate cancer in early March also at atlanta region office. So far, all I have got is a lot of run around. One letter stated I had to prove that my prostate cancer was aggravated by my diabetes mellitus. I serviced in vietman(central high land  from 1965-1966. 
 elpaso said...
I applied for VA disability in early March and received my award letter today. I'm rated at 100 percent for six months and then get reviewed ... The benefit is awarded even if you are working full time ... Again this is connected to the possibility of Agent Orange exposure causing the cancer.

PLDBrandon
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   Posted 11/4/2006 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Im glad they are offering support to are nations heros.

pooks6719
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   Posted 11/6/2006 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
For anyone filing a claim at the VA for prostate cancer - There is a presumption that the cancer was caused by exposure to Agent Orange - therefore if you served on the ground in Vietnam within the timeframe they state - you do not have to prove - you only have to file the papers - do the exam - and wait.
We were advised it should not be submitted as a claim for prostate cancer that is caused by or aggravated by diabetis or anything other than Agent Orange.
Hope this helps someone.
Husband's original PSA 32
cancer in 6 out of 12 samples - Gleason 9
Radiation / 12 month Hormone Implant
 


JOHNBOY
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   Posted 11/6/2006 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Pooks6719. Come to think of it, the clerk at va region office did file my claim as prostate cancer aggravated by diabetis.

Wicket
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   Posted 11/6/2006 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pooks,
 
What exam are you talking about.  My husband was just going to give them a copy of his DD-214 and the pathology report showing that he had prostate cancer.  What more does he need to do and what is the exam?

Ellen
 
Curtis, 63, Diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10
Bone Scan Negative!!
 
DiVinci surgery done Oct 3, 2006
Catheter out Oct 11, 2006
After surgery T2C and cancer found on both sifes instead of just one.
Pathology report came back clean!!!


M. Kat
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   Posted 11/7/2006 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
hi all,

my brother-in-law is receiving a VA disability check. he opted for radiation seed implants. he was told that as long as his PSA stayed at a certain level (I'm not sure what it is ), he will continue receiving checks. this is a great benefit for veterans!
Husband Jeff 56 years old
diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5
2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006


pooks6719
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   Posted 11/8/2006 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
The VA exam I mentioned is what the VA calls a C&P (Compensation & Pension) exam.  They may or may not schedule the vet for one of these but if they do you have to go if you want to get the claim rated as service connected.  My husband's exam was done by a VA doc who reviewed all of his medical records (even those we sent from our outside docs)regarding the pc, the treatment he is on, etc. Once the VA doc gives their findings to the rating board - a decision is made and you will be notified.  If they approve your claim you will get a rating from 0 - 100% on which they base the compensation you will receive.  As long as you are on any active type of treatment your percentage is 100%.  The most important thing for us was getting the pc classified as service connected  and knowing the VA will treat at no cost.  My husband is retired but I still work so he is presently still covered under my insurance.  So far the treatments he has had  were covered because I carry the insurance. However if I should lose my job it is a relief to know the VA will treat him and provide all the meds. needed to fight his pc.  There are also other benefits to help the spouse in the event the vet's death is a result of service connected pc.  One other thing - claims are paid retro from the date the VA acknowledges getting you claim - not from when you were diag. with pc.
Husband's original PSA 32
cancer in 6 out of 12 samples - Gleason 9
Radiation / 12 month Hormone Implant
 


sjr
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   Posted 11/8/2006 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
my husband also was given a disability allotment for pca. he served in korea during 1968 to 1969. he did not have to go to va for an exam.just filled out the forms on the va website, and sent in with all papers from his service, and a letter from his urologist,, with his biopsy results. he was rated at 100% for 6mos.after 6 mos they will review your status. the disability will then be rated from 0 to 100.

Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 11/10/2006 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
pooks,
 
nice to hear from someone who has been through the whole process of this VA disability.  A question for you.  When you say it is retroactive to time of receipt, does that mean you get the three-four months of disability back to the time of acceptance of application?
 
We just got our letter dated Nov. 6th, will contact if need more information, etc.  So let's assume it takes four months (seems to be that long from what I have read on here), would you get the whole compensation for the four back months as a back payment and then monthly payments starting from there?
 
Also, I am sooo confused about the various treatments affecting compensation (not that we want to make the decision based on compensation, but may factor in among alternative effective treatments).  If you for instance, do surgery and all the cancer is removed, does some monthly compensation continue after the surgery? 
 
Sounds like you have quite a bit of experience, so thought I would see if you know. (or anyone else out there)
 
Thanks!
Tanya
 
 
Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment:  Undecided


pooks6719
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   Posted 11/10/2006 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Believe me I'm no expert on this but we are in the midst of it.  My husband filed his claim and it was orginally accepted March 06.  He received his letter stating he was rated service connected in Sept. 06. Yes,  he got a lump sum check that was retro from Mar thru and including Aug.  You get the checks a month late so Sept check was direct deposited Oct 1.  When we got the letter stating his pc was service connected I believe it stated he will be re-evaluated in 6 months.  I was told on a veterans board that as long as my husband in on treatment (he is presently on a 12 month hormone implant - due to be removed Dec 06) that he will be rated at 100%.  If your treatment was to take out the prostate then he would get 100% for so long then they would re-exam for residuals.  Different residuals have different rating from 0% - ?%. Some veterans say they have been at 100% for a number of years and others have been at 100 for a year then bumped to 0%.  From what I've read your compensation is based on - if you are on treatment - your pc goes into remission and you are not on treatment but have residuals - if your  pc becomes active again. 
Here is a site that could give you alot more information
http://p203.ezboard.com/bvetbenefits
Husband's original PSA 32
cancer in 6 out of 12 samples - Gleason 9
Radiation / 12 month Hormone Implant
 


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 11/10/2006 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   

thanks so much for the quick response!  I will definitely check out the site you recommend!

Tanya

 


Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment:  Undecided


Tim G
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   Posted 11/10/2006 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know if you had to be on land in Vietnam to receive prostate-cancer related benefits?  I was in the Navy and we provided support bombardment along the coast. Also what years was agent Orange used?  I was in Vietnam from January thru November 1972. Thanks! 

Age 58  Open Nerve-sparing prostatectomy 6/21/06  Cancer confined to prostate  3-month PSA non-detectable


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 11/10/2006 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I have read a couple things that "blue water veterans" are eligible according to a recent decision.  Didn't pay too much attention to the articles because didn't apply in our case.

here is one article from a quick search

http://www.banderasnews.com/0608/vl-bluewatervets.htm

 


Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment:  Undecided


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 11/10/2006 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
oh forgot say 1962-1975 are the eligible years for agent orange compensation.

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/Herbicide/AOno3.htm
Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment:  Undecided


sjr
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Total Posts : 7
   Posted 11/10/2006 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
just a note for those who were land based in korea during the vietnam era. they also are presuming agent orange for pc, if you were in certain divisions
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