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Doting Daughter
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   Posted 11/19/2007 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   

VA Benefits for Vietnam Vets

It is a fact, Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War are more likely to develop prostate cancer than the rest of the population. If you are a Vietnam Vet and develop prostate cancer you are entitled to compensation and medical treatment from the Veterans Administration.

If you served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 5, 1975 and developed prostate cancer at any time, you are presumed to have been affected by Agent Orange and are entitled to compensation from the VA.

To submit an Application for Compensation or Pension (VA Form 21-526) you should immediately after being diagnosed with prostate cancer – prior to any treatment – to initially qualify for 100 percent disability rating for at least six months. Applications filed after treatment may not be approved due to a presumption that the cancer is cured, though those individuals may qualify for a reduced disability rating if treatment resulted in side effects.

Effective December 1, 2006, 100 percent disability compensation rates are as follows (see Compensation Rate Table at for additional rates):

Veteran (individual): $2,471/month
Veteran (with spouse): $2,610/month

You must provide a copy of your DD Form 214 verifying that you served in Vietnam, and a copy of your prostate biopsy pathology report, which you can obtain from your urologist. If needed, you can contact the Department of Veterans Affairs for assistance with locating your DD Form 214 or other documentation which maybe required.

You can apply for your benefits online at, or by mailing applications directly to the office of Veterans Affairs. You can obtain free assistance in filing your VA Claims from:

American Legion: (202) 861-2700

Armed Forces Services Corporation:, (888) 237-2872
Services are for members only.

Disabled American Veterans:, (859) 441-7300

Veterans of Foreign Wars: (405) 270-0501, ext. 5476

Vietnam Veterans of America: (800) VVA-1316
Click on “Benefits” on the home page to locate a local service representative

Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
HT to being Nov 07
Radiation soon to follow

Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2366
   Posted 11/19/2007 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, that is correct. Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War is presumed to be a cause of prostate cancer, along with a number of other diseases. Veterans are eligible to apply for benefits.

There was a thread here a year or so ago, that 'Blue Water' Navy Vietnam Veterans were also eligible (Haas v. Nicholson). That ruling has been appealed so nobody in this category is getting any benefit while the appeal is pending. I am in this category, applied for benefits and was informed that this in on appeal

See this link regarding the original ruling
Age 59 PSA 2.6 (Quadrupled in one year) Gleason 5
Bilateral nerve-sparing RRP 6/21/06
Cancer confined to prostate, post-op PSA's non-detectable

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1732
   Posted 11/19/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Several of our forum members have registered and/or receive VA benefits ....or did while they were under treatment. Thanks for the reminder...lest folks forget!


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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 11/19/2007 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)    Here’s a few more threads…


VA disability  started by Elpaso


VA Disability Benefits started by Wicket


  • bluebird ~  Moderator for Prostate Cancer Forum

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 11/24/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi dotty,

We were lucky enough to find a thread by elpaso when I first was searching this forum! Otherwise, I don't think we would have known about it.

We applied shortly after Ken was diagnosed. We are still getting the 100% disability rating, but I imagine that is soon going to be reduced since his surgery was over 6 months ago. Although, we still haven't been called in for a post-surgery exam yet.

It is VERY important to apply as soon as you are diagnosed, if you think you qualify. You can easily lose months of payments by waiting, since the award goes back to the time of application rather than when you were diagnosed.

And thanks for bringing this topic up! There are probably some vets out there who are totally unaware of this!

Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (2005: 3.4, 2004: 4.0)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007, Denver CO
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins, negative seminal vessicles, lymph nodes left intact. Gleason upgraded 3+4=7.
1st PSA Results: May 11, 2007 <.01

Post Edited (Izzyblizzy) : 11/24/2007 5:55:49 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/24/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
oops, sorry meant doting (not dotty) ... it isn't letting me edit my post ... sorry about that!
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