VA, Agent Orange, & PTSD Issues. __Articles and other helpful info........

Knowing that sooner or later, we may all face some kind of Agent Orange manifestation.  Many of us have already had some type of a Agent Orange related affiction impact our lives and our families.  On this page we wish to provide you with some helpful information so that you can be aware of the lastest news and findings.  You need to be fully knowledgeable of your rights as a veteran that served in South Vietnam and of the current VA status upon Agent Orange issues. The first thing that you need to know is that you and your family are not alone. Here below, you can find help and support from your veteran brothers and many other sources.

VA Claims: Are not welfare payments!
These are claims which are due to those who put their life and limb on the line fighting for our country.  There are good reasons why the money has been set aside for veterans with PTSD, Tinnitus, Service Connected Injuries, or Agent Orange related diseases.  Because the VA and US Congress realize that these services are due to those veterans who were willing to place country first.  Would you tell social security "not" to send your check that was earned by you?  These benefits not only effect the veterans but also their families. Many times our pride takes precedence over our own well being and the well being of our families.  (I said it many times in Nam as a grunt; "It don't mean nothing" - "Suck-it Up and keep moving")  However, it’s your hard earned benefits that we are talking about here.  And I have been told, that if a claim has been paid-out for 10 years preceding your death that your spouse may continue to receive those benefits?

Any claims that need letters substantiating injury or events can be obtained through the many men who served together.  And we have the perfect platform here on our website to help out each other.  You need to remember that when you are writing a letter of support for a brother, the VA person reading the letter may have never experienced war, or may have never been out of an air conditioned office. It is very important to write a very visual letter by using vivid descriptions to actually bring the person at the VA into that point of your life.  The more detail that you provide, the better they understand what you experienced in Vietnam while serving our country.

If you or your family members have questions, we have guys who are available and willing help you.  Please feel free to contact me (Gary Gilliam) for any questions you may have at 314-550-7260 (anytime) or by email:

Beside this page, you can also see our "Links Page" to find additional sources of assistance.

And if you have already had VA or Agent Orange issues impact your life... We wish to hear from you.  You have already traveled down a path that some of us are just starting to face today.  Your story and the insights that you have learned in working with a VA are of great value to anyone who is just beginning this journey.  Share with us and help your brothers....

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AGENT ORANGE USAGE IN THE NORTHERN I CORP AREA . . . . . . Click here to see or print a facesheet

VA Help Contacts.....As listed by State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Veterans Help Contacts listed by State.PDF

Get a copy of your DD-214 . . . . . It's official; DD-214's can now be easily ordered on-line. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following two websites for veterans to gain access and order their DD-214's on-line: or

This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment or medical purposes. The NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.

June 18, 2012

Agent Orange Fast Track Claims Processing System. . . . . . . . .

This website is dedicated to helping veterans speed-up the processing of claims for Vietnam Veterans who are claiming service connection for any of the following conditions: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ischemic Heart Disease ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Hairy Cell and other B-Cell Leukemias ___________________________________________________________________________ Parkinson's Disease _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Prostate Cancer ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia __________________________________________________________________________________ Hodgkin's Disease ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma _______________________________________________________________________________________ --- Multiple Myeloma

July 12, 2010

New VA issues fact sheet on new PTSD claims regulations . . . . . . .

___Oct. 13, 2009  
                                                                                                                                                                             The VA Extends "Agent Orange" Benefits to More Veterans Parkinson's Disease, and Two Other Illnesses Recognized

WASHINGTON - Relying on an independent study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, decided to establish a service-connection for Vietnam Veterans with three specific illnesses based on the latest evidence of an association with the herbicides referred to as Agent Orange. The illnesses affected by the recent decision are hairy cell leukemia; Parkinson's disease; and ischemic heart disease.

Used in Vietnam to defoliate trees and remove concealment from the enemy, Agent Orange left a legacy of suffering and disability that continues to the present.   Between January 1965 and April 1970, an estimated 2.6 million military personnel who served in Vietnam were potentially exposed to sprayed Agent Orange. In practical terms, Veterans who served in Vietnam during the war and who have a "presumed" illness don't have to prove an association between their illnesses and their military service.  This "presumption" simplifies and speeds up the application process for benefits.                                                                                                                           

The Secretary's decision brings to 15 the number of presumed illnesses recognized by VA. "We must do better reviews of illnesses that may be connected to service, and we will," Shinseki added. "Veterans who endure health problems deserve timely decisions based on solid evidence." Other illnesses previously recognized under VA's "presumption" rule as being caused by exposure to herbicides during the Vietnam War are:  (Each of these are links below are to the lastest information available from the VA)

Acute and Subacute Transient Peripheral Neuropathy
AL Amyloidosis
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)
Hodgkin's Disease
Multiple Myeloma
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
Prostate Cancer
Respiratory Cancers, and 
Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, or Mesothelioma)
Additional information about Agent Orange and VA's services and programs for Veterans exposed to the chemical are available at

VVA Self-Help Guide to Service-Connected Disability Compensation for Exposure to Agent Orange.

A link to an interesting article from "Bob Seitz" on the lingering effects of agent orange..."How Agent Orange has impacted multiple generations, Here and There"

Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.  Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA.  Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know.  Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it.  You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you -- and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.

Board of Veteran's Appeals

CARES Commission

CARES Draft National Plan  

Center for Minority Veterans

Center for Veterans Enterprise

Center for Women Veterans

Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans

Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc

Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page  

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations

Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp

Due Process  

Duty to Assist

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations

Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care

Environmental Agents

Environmental Agents M10

Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility  


See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet  



Forms and Records Request  

General Compensation Provisions

Geriatrics and Extended Care  

Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG

Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health

Gulf War Subject Index

Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As  


Homeless Veterans

HSR&D Home  

Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams
Ionizing Radiation  

Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA        

M 10 for spouses and children <  

M10 Part III Change 1

M21-1 Table of Contents  
Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings  

Mental Health Program Guidelin es

Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers        

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence

My Health e Vet

National Association of State Directors

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings

OMI (Office of Medical Inspector)

Online VA Form 10-10EZ

Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders  

Peacetime Disability Compensation

Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death                                                              and,  

Persian Gulf Registry  
This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005:

Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers

Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc                                                     Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress  

Phase I PGR

Phase II PGR        

Policy Manual Index  
Power of Attorney                                             Project 112 (Including Project SHAD)

Prosthetics Eligibility

Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page  

Public Health/SARS  

Publications Manuals

Publications and Reports  

Records Center and Vault Homepage  

Records Center and Vault Site Map  


Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002  

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses

Research and Development

Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance

Title 38 Index Parts 0-17  

Part 18

Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart AAcAc,A!"Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation  

Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also A,A 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here)        


Title 38 A,A 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual. PART 4AcAc,A!"SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart AAcAc,A!"General Policy in Rating

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims  

VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  

VA Fact Sheet

VA Health Care Eligibility


VA Life Insurance Handbook AcAc,A!" Chapter 3

VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans  

VA MS Research  

VA National Hepatitis C Program  

VA Office of Research and Development  

VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War  



VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address

Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service  

Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page  

Veterans Legal and Benefits Information  

VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals  

VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives>

VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page

VHI Guide to Gulf War VeteransAcAc,A!(tm) Health  

Vocational Rehabilitation  

Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence  

VONAPP online  

WARMS - 38 CFR Book C  
Wartime Disability Compensation        
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey  

Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site

What VA Social Workers Do  

WRIISC Patient Eligibility



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