Did you know that the Veterans Health Administration is the largest health care system in the US? With that in mind, it’s hard to believe how often veterans health care falls short.
Our veterans made the ultimate sacrifice for us, so they deserve the very best care when they get home. The sad news is that veteran benefits and programs often fail our beloved veterans. The good news is that these programs are always improving.
Not too long ago, President Biden signed new legislation set to help support veterans more moving forward. Among the issues addressed were veterans suffering from WWII cancer and toxic burns.
Are you interested in learning more about how these bills are set to help? Read on to learn everything you need to know about how these bills will impact veterans health care.
Expands Care for Toxic Burn Pit Victims
One of the most crucial aspects of these new bills is the expansion of care for toxic burn pit victims.
During the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, troops got exposed to toxic burn pits. These pits got filled with trash, plastics, medical waste, jet fuel, and more. Once it was set ablaze, troops often inhaled those chemicals.
It’s estimated that thousands could be experiencing the impacts of exposure. In many situations, that exposure has led to lung cancer.
This bill would expand eligibility to veterans who served after 9/11. It also added 23 burn pit and toxic exposure conditions to the covered conditions. Further, the provisions will take effect immediately!
President Biden’s Personal Connection to the Issue
This legislation is important not only for veterans but also President Biden himself. President Biden has a very personal connection to burn pit victims.
According to the president, Beau Biden served in the military. During his time overseas, he worked near burn pits. These burn pits, he explains, get filled with hazardous waste. Then, those toxins enter into the airspace.
The sad reality is that US troops were too close to these burn pits, and Beau Biden was one of them. Once Biden returned home, he started suffering physical health problems. By 2015, he passed away from a brain tumor.
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In the following months and years, President Biden made the connection. The toxic burn pits likely caused his son’s cancerous tumor.
Improves Cancer Screening and Treatment
Another important issue addressed by legislation is the expansion of cancer care. According to a 2021 study, female veterans were 3 times more likely to develop breast cancer. What’s more, breast cancer cases have tripled within the VA Department.
To address these issues, the latest bill seeks to improve screening and treatment. It hopes to expand access to mammogram scans. It will also upgrade all the VA’s mammogram services to 3D imaging.
Further, it will help expand access to clinical trials for suffering veterans.
WWII Nuclear Programs: Consequences of Exposure
Breast cancer isn’t the only cancer addressed in the new legislation. Yet another bill focuses on WWII-era nuclear programs.
During WWII, the US government and others experimented with atomic weapons. This process involves several dangerous aspects. From uranium mining to deploying these weapons, exposure was very common.
Exposure to nuclear material causes a host of medical issues. In the past, though, these issues weren’t covered by the VA. Now, coverage has expanded to include veterans suffering from radiation exposure.
How to Identify the Symptoms of Cancer
Cancer is a very debilitating and devastating disease. The good news is that most types of cancer are responsive to treatment in the early stages. If you can identify your symptoms early, then you’ll have a better chance of recovering.
Here are a few things to watch for:
- Extreme and debilitating fatigue
- Explainable weight loss or gain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Eating problems
- Unexplained pain
- Changes in bowel habits
- Vision problems
- Unexplained general changes to your body
If you’ve noticed some of these signs, then it might be wise to consult with your doctor. Take advantage of the recent VA bills to get screened for common types of cancers.
The Congressional Gold Medal Goes to U.S. Army Ranger Veterans of WWII
While giving remarks, President Biden also talked about the Congressional Medal. He said the gold medal will be going to the US Army Ranger Veterans of WWII.
These Rangers played a crucial role in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. This important WWII event occurred over 78 years ago. On that day, 7,000 American troops stormed the beaches.
Today, only 12 of those amazing and brave veterans continue to bless us with their presence. Each of them will be receiving a gold Congressional Medal.
How to Take Advantage of these Veterans Care Benefits
Knowing that this recent legislation could improve your health care as a veteran is step one. If you want to take advantage of these benefits, then you’ll have to go to a VA medical center.
You can opt to call or walk into a center during clinic hours. An agent will help you understand your rights, potential benefits, and coverage.
If you decide to apply, then you’ll fill out a VA Form 10-10EZ, which is a basic application. Feel free to go online or visit a nearby VA facility in person. You should receive correspondence regarding your application in following weeks.
Once you get approved, you’ll be able to seek the care you deserve.
Veterans Health Care in 2022 and Beyond
By signing these 9 bi-partisan bills, President Biden is improving veterans health care. Burn victims and cancer victims who suffered WWII exposure will both get support. Further, Biden is honoring veterans of WWII with the Congressional Gold Medal.
If you’re a veteran, then it’s important to understand these benefits and how they can help you! Depending on your situation, these bills could give you direct veterans aid.
If you need more help, consider reaching out to the Veterans Health Administration. Otherwise, you’ll want to keep up with the latest news to stay aware of the latest changes and updates.
Click over to our military news section now to see more of our latest articles.
This article was originally published on USMilitary.org and has been shared with permission.
I was diagnosed with PTSD and I filed a claim. The history of my claim and treatment supported a claim for service connection. The Atlanta Claim office had my claim for three years with no decision. As soon as I filed a Congressional complaint, they denied my claim and I had to file an appeal and was placed in line behind sixty thousand other appeals.
The issue, they stated, was that my Psychiatrist did not check the box indicating Service Connected.
No one addressed that oversight upon receipt of my claim an unfortunately my Doctor died during that three years (non)processing period.
I can attest to that! they send us to war and when it’s time for help us, all we get is flack and policies.
Jerry Johnson says
Retired disabled veteran is my title, been out for 21 years and the VA has done an outstanding job in all areas including education, and support for my family members. We serve, we protect all governments and the entire country, but remember this statement. We as living veterans came home alive, not all in good health and some soldiers didn’t come home, stop complaining and thank God for allowing us to be able to enjoy some of our life; before we die!
Retired Chief Johnson
Jon Weiss says
Interesting that there is no mention of the screw job that Biden did to veterans who are also senior citizens. When we hit Social Security age, we get force fed into MEDICARE and if we refuse, we get stripped of all access to TRICARE, if you go into the system set up under the ACA you pay full premiums of MEIDCARE to retain your Veterans benefits, if you opt out of MEDICARE A & B, you get stripped of all VA care.
True statement. I dont recall ever being notified of the consequences of loosing tricare.part until after I turned down Medicare part B. The tricare website does not explain this well.
Ronald Byrd says
That has nothing to do with President Biden. This practice been in place forever. So don’t blame the President.
Linwood Jarrell says
Well I have applied twice for benefits and they say our income is too high , I’m a chaplain for hospice and wife retired school teacher. We certainly not raking in the money.
Jo Ann says
In our experience you cannot make over 49k a year but if you have been approved for a disability even if it’s 10% then it doesn’t matter what you make.
Jack H Fisher says
im 20 percent disable and there making do a means test every year to see how much i make and im making alittle over 1700 a month can i quit fillng them out every year and still not pay for any meds or doc
If you can apply for a rating increase. 30% is the magic number.
Tanya Perrine says
I am very happy with the VA, they are the best and I really support and care for Biden. Thanks for allowing me to leave this comment for the excellent service I always receive at the VA. I am so thankful. We that served in the military was blessed for the excellent service. I very much love and always did love my VA and always great service. They are always great. Thank you God. I greatly appreciate the VA. And will always appreciate.
I agree with you 100% the VA hospital system has worked out very well for me and I am paralyzed from a parachute accident, but are there really accidents with parachutes?
I agreed until you credited Biden with anything of usefulness where America is concerned.
Allen England says
I have to say that since I applied for and was approved for disability from the VA, I could not have been treated any better. Like others, I heard how hard it would be to get approved for benefits. But I was approved immediately after my first visit for a hearing loss . My job was loading bombs onto aircraft during the Vietnam War. And as everyone knows, You don’t have a good chance of hearing well again with all the noise from those engines. Then I was soon checked for Agent Orange and was found to have that problem from my Vietnam days. I am now classified as 100% disabled due to my many medical conditions. After having major weight loss over the past three years, jaundice, vomiting, unsteady balance and memory loss, I now see a hematologist who takes exceptional care of his patients and immediately gave me a diagnosis of myleoplastic syndrome. One of my jobs while in the Air Force was working as a firefighter for 16 years. And yes, in the burn pits. Which is probably where my new condition is derived from. So when i see my Dr at the VA in December, I know that this will be addressed. I don’t expect to receive any further monetary compensation since I am already 100%, but i have no doubt that the VA will take care of my new medical problems. I retired from the Air Force after a little over 20 years service.
Leo W says
Congrats! Glad you were treated with respect. That’s not always the case, especially when applying for disability or an increase. Many take years to reply and many are turned down on ridiculous evidence. We, as veterans have to be VERY careful what we say to VA doctors or anybody we deal with at VA.
Leo, reach out to Veteran’s Guardian. I was at the end of the road with the VA so I contacted them. Within 6 months my disability went from 30 to 60 then appealed to 100. They do charge a fee but after the retroactive part kicked in it was a break even. Then 100% going forward,
P Davis says
What is a VA guardian and where would I find one? I’m the wife/caretaker of a Gulf War veteran and have applied for the Caregiver program and have been denied. I think I need the help of a representative. Please advise. Thank you.
This is the number for vets guardian
This is the E-Mail.
They are in 75 Trotter Hills Cir. Pinehurst North Carolina. 28347
Fernando M. Agurto says
Who ever denies any health care to a veteran is “not from this planet 🌍 “ .
You better check what the damned politicians have done. They have voted to reduce the VA budget and to cut our pensions and healthcare. More precisely, the republican side of the aisle. I guess I will have to start voting for the democrats.
Do some deep checking Brother! I have and it’s a bunch of lies by Dems! Don’t trust any politician but especially not a Biden!
Don’t believe everything your hearing. Republicans are not behind this. Democrats are spending way beyond America’s ability to pay. If this continues there won’t be anything for anyone! Dems will tell you Republicans are behind cuts to further their destruction of the America we love.
Give Military.net a break! They are also looking for any silver lining to report on with this BAFFOON of an administration led by the king BAFFOON! God help our country!!
MARK J DEPAULA says
Jason you are 100% correct.
Agree 100% !!
Gary A Dale says
Yeah, I am glad he never got re-
Leo W says
Bravo! Yeah, these folks who continue to spew the last guy’s poison should apply for disability based on blindness and cognitive issues. It’ll be a slam dunk.
Leo W says
Read below. Trump consistently refers to the VA Mission Act as VA Choice — the program established in 2014 by President Barack Obama to widen veterans’ access to health care treatment from non-VA providers.
The legislation, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, was created in response to a nationwide scandal over delays veterans encountered when making medical appointments — for months and sometimes years — and secret waiting lists kept by some VA facilities to hide the scope of the problem.
The VA Mission Act, signed by Trump in 2018, replaced the Veterans Choice Program and gave more veterans access to private health care paid for by the VA.
The legislation also broadened the VA’s caregiver program to include disabled veterans who served before Sept. 11, 2001 — an expansion that will begin in October — and ordered the department to inventory its 1,100 facilities with an eye to closing or selling outdated or excess buildings.
At the end of Saturday’s press conference, a reporter asked why Trump “keeps saying [he] passed ‘Veterans Choice,'” when it was “passed in 2014.”
Trump told the reporter she was “finished,” and he abruptly ended the press conference. This is what Trump is all about. Lying, taking credit for the work of others and acting like the infant that he is when challenged by the media.
Myra Jamison says
Hi I would like to know more about the caregiver, I take care my husband 247 and I was told that since I’m his wife and he’s not service connected which we’re fighting now because a lot of his issues are service connected, anyway a friend told me that they will not give me money as his caregiver is this true?
Ron D says
Thanks for reporting facts and emotional diatribe!
AREED and his son had nothing to do with the Burn Pits…We were unable to find any support for Biden’s claim that “more people are coming home from Iraq with brain cancer than ever before, than any other war.” His campaign did not reply to our request asking for a source for his statement.Done by FactCheck.org And is Son was no where near any Burns Pits while on dutyJOE BIDEN
Fact-checking President Biden’s comments about his son Beau’s death and Iraq
President Biden’s son, Beau, died from brain cancer in 2015. Biden has attributed his son’s cancer diagnosis to burn pit exposure in Iraq.
President Joe Biden speaks before designating the first national monument of his administration at Camp Hale, a World War II era training site, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, near Leadville, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Author: Megan Loe
Published: 5:21 PM EDT October 14, 2022
Updated: 4:38 PM EDT November 2, 2022
President Joe Biden’s recent comments about his son Beau’s death are drawing criticism from some people online.
“I say this as a father of a man who won the Bronze Star, the Conspicuous Service Medal, and lost his life in Iraq. Imagine the courage, the daring, and the genuine sacrifice — genuine sacrifice they all made,” Biden said on Oct. 12 during a visit to Camp Hale near Vail, Colorado.
During a speech in South Florida on Nov. 1, Biden said again that his son died in Iraq.
Some people on social media have claimed that Biden’s statements were inaccurate since his son died years after his military service, not while serving in Iraq. VERIFY reader Ian H. also asked the team to fact-check Biden’s statement.
Did President Biden’s son Beau die while serving in Iraq?
Statement from then-Vice President Biden in 2015
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Biden’s 2018 interview with PBS News Hour
March 2022 remarks from President Biden on work to support veterans
This is false.
No, President Biden’s son Beau did not die while serving in Iraq. He died of brain cancer in 2015, nearly six years after he returned from his military service in the country.
Biden has linked the burn pits that Beau was exposed to during his time in Iraq to his brain cancer diagnosis.
Agreed 100% couldn’t have said any better.
Kenneth Hardy says
Really it’s his fault. Why not hold each service and the way they document injuries at sick call and the likes. Get real.
Bruce Horrigan says
I’m ninety years old and was in during 1952-1956.
Does anyone remember KOREA? I have read all of these letters and not one mention of KOREA.
Had a buddy who use to tell me stories of his 18 months on the front line and never wounded or got a scratch,. His head was so screwed up with PTSD, from what he saw and he would have killed himself if he hadn’t been a Christian. Died, I believe, of a broken heart about 10 years ago. God must have wanted me to stand in for him.
Speaking of politicians on the dole, I think the word POLI-TICS speaks for itself! Many, blood suckers, trying to keep their jobs. Little Will Rogers humor for the old folks!
James R Pendleton says
Hahaha, good one !!
Peter Brown says
YES! I remember the Korean War. I was a 17 -year-old Marine reservist then. In the 1950’s, as you’ll remember, the country and the military was still the aftermath kind of thinking generated by WWII: we used M-1 rifles, our reserves had little or no training, and so on.
Fortunately I was not sent to Korea. (I was only a Junior in High School at the time!)
Later, after finishing college, I enlisted in the Army and spent my 3-year military obligation marching with the US Military Academy Band, with a Sousaphone on my shoulder, at West Point.
The Army viewed me a supreme “soldier,” because they assumed I already had Marine Corps experience and training. (that never happened! )
Thanks for the memories!
Randall 138000 Robison says
Hate to address such a stupid comment but as a famous person once said, ” YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID”. Look at all the addons to the bill and you should be thankful that someone is looking out for your dumb a##. O WAIT you don’t know how to look things up. Just open mouth and show how stupid you are. READ THE FACTS MAN.
I could not have, said it any better myself. They are to stuck on stupid to research for themselves. Dang
Brian Russ says
The Senate Republicans voted down the PACT act on Thursday, July 28th. It looked like we were going to finally get help for Toxic exposure, but 30 Senators that had supported the bill changed their minds. We need to vote these people out of office if they don’t support Veterans. Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand vets have been waiting 50 years and almost 70% of them are alreadt dead. If the bill ever does pass, remember, The claims and filing for benefits “DOES NOT DIE WITH THE VETERAN”
My answer is to put forward the same bill in its own instead of linking in everyone’s pet projects. Then it will pass. If the other stuff is good, present it on its own. If you have to guilt people to pass the garbage by linking it with important things (like helping veterans) then you are just playing politics abs don’t really care about the veterans.
George Crum says
Completely agree. What the dems did was to poison the bill
The lying Republican Party is anti-vet. Look at their record with their Nazi leader trump. God hates liars. If u don’t think he lyies, you are satans child!
Retired after 26 years of service. Two wars and several contingencies. NEVER had a such sorry horse’s patoot of a commander and chief JB! Trumps’ administration even spoke volumes over current the LAME leadership of JB ADMINISTARTION! God save the US!!
Ken W says
You have obviously been poisoned by the media. Pres Trump fixed the broken VA during his term. Remember all of the vets dying waiting for care. He fixed that. Was he perfect? No. No one can say this moron in chief now can even hold a candle to Pres Trump.
To compare an American to a Nazi is just more proof that you are damaged goods via the bs media. I’ll be damned if you can lump us all as satan’s child just because we don’t agree with your bs. I’m starting to wonder if you really believe in God.
Jo AnnJo Ann says
I’m reading these reply’s regarding politics and it’s always amazing how so many are so gullible. Nothing is black and white and you truly have to research a whole lot to find the truth and it’s not on CNN or any other news. Trump did make most things better actually but if you’’re easily swayed by biased news you won’t ever know what’s true and what’s not. The only reason the gop votes against any good policies is because democrats add all the junk in it that’s so ridiculously stupid, bad and just outright wrong.
Victor Elkins says
Brian, please try and understand how politics works. Both parties attach funding legislation designed to please targeted, narrow constituent groups to bills that have overwhelming support from both parties. They are hoping the narrow interest legislation can “ride on the back” of the popular legislation. Often times, the other party simply can’t “stomach” the idea of funding the attached legislation, because they fear it will enrage their own constituent groups; therefore, they feel impelled to vote down the whole mess. The answer is to demand a change to the system so that every funding project must stand alone for acceptance or rejection. Unfortunately, as a people, we get the government we deserve. For far too long we have allowed the politicians to play their political games with our future. It will be a tough row to hoe, but we must fight for a complete revamping of the system. We must demand candidates who truly want to work within the basic structure, but who at the same time fervently demand to eliminate the kind of foolishness we are discussing here. I will repeat my favorite version of the famous sentiments expressed by many political thinkers beginning with Thomas Jefferson. I am partial to H.L.Menken’s version, “People deserve the government they get.”
Cathy Groff says
Because the dems put to much pork in the bill.
What is too much?
Amazing that Biden signed anything for veterans, that coming from a so-called president who glorifies criminals and loves the illegals, he is trying to steal our votes like the election)don’t be fooled my fellow veterans, this guy is a disaster.
Do you think #43 cared about the veterans or the police? if you truly believe that man i need some of the stuff you’ve been smoking. The Agent Orange/hypertension that is in the Pact Act was found to be Presumptive in 2017 when #43 came into office is people he put in to run the VA just let it die and didn’t try to get their people in the senate and the house to pass it. For all you Vietnam Veterans out there you now can file for hypertension thanks to the current President,Dem., and some Republicans. If you don’t want to file a claim that’s your choice. What President will disrespect a “Gold Star” family #43 that’s who the only President in this country that has done it. How can any veterans respect a President and vote him at that who try to bring down our country and his a friend of Putin whom been wanting to destroy American since he was in the KBG. Wake up you veterans is this what you went to war and sacrifice your life and body for? Peace.
KellyKelly Rogers says
Thank you. Exactly
Leo W says
Those who continue to believe a single word spoken by the Orange one should educate themselves about Trump’s relationship with Veterans. We are suckers, those of us with visible disabilities are disgusting, and anyone who believes Trump cared a whit about you should fact check which bills were introduced and signed into law and by whom. Just like everything else, he wouldn’t recognize the truth if it sat on his face. And only the most weakminded and gullible among us believe anything that comes from the right. The most scandelous and crime ridden gang to ever hold office in our beloved country. Congrats to you. You are in the company of geniuses like Boebert, Green, Gosar, Ghomert et al.
AMEN my friend!
His son served. Beau. He came back like a lot of with fricken issues that finally are being addressed. As far as the gop-they do not care and all of you who support the lying orange crook who avoided the draft because of heel spurs. Seriously, y’all support him. He was in a press conference and had Vietnam as the gulf war. He’s one of the biggest mistakes y’all ever made.
You guys are as dumb as Trump, I’m a 100% and I for one can tell your dumb ass, the republicans didn’t pass anything for your ass or even tried to even give you and inch. Dummy, the retards republicans don’t give a damn about you. Bet you guys think taking TS documents is ok as well. I could educate you backwards no thinking for yourself asses a lesson or two. Wish I had you guys numbers, I could break it down for you in laments terms. Dang
Gary A Dale says
Stupid is as stupid does.
You,’re a jerk, the election was stolen the lying, cop killer, rapist trump, told a lie he lost!
Michael Fitzgerald says
Wrong, they voted down the bill as a whole due to all the junk in the bill. Use your brain
Leo W says
Too much pork in the bill really means anything that was added by the other guys. A “clean bill” means that someone got clobbered politically. Gone are the days of congressional hearings with a bi-cameral origin attended and discussed with all of the major Veteran’s Service Orgs. When automatic COLAS were enacted and tied to indexes written by politicians, that was the death Knell of fairness and even playing fields. It is those Service Orgs that have failed us. To abdicate the responsibility of fighting for justice for Veterans and turn everything over to politicians to determine the fate of the brave men and women who fought for justice is a giant act of cowardice. I lost all faith in these Service Groups when I saw the concerns of vets that used to be the center of the discussions on the magazines of DAV American Legion etc being replaced by funerals, sports and pomp and circumstance and ceremonial nonsense and self congratulations and away from the real pressing issues that face us to a greater extent each year. Stop the flag waving and cute stories and get back to the real work of taking on those who would be happy to see us unrepresented completely. We are getting there quickly.
Donald A Jaffa says
In March 2021 I was awarded by 100% disability rating by the VA with an effective Day of Jan 26th 2017. I served over 20 years in Germany, both on active duty, and as a DOD civilian with 1st Armored Division and deployed to Bosnia in Feb 1996. My German spouse began as a Local National employee of US Army Europe in June on 1965 and served for 42 years and retired on a medical retirement. When we got married in 1989 I got her a social security number. As the spouse of a retired officer she is entitled to TRICARE, and is entitled to and receiving a spousal benefit. Unfortunately, she fell and was severely injured and had to be hospitalized in Dec 2016. In January 2017 she was transferred to Long Term Care in Mannheim Germany. Her DAK German health insurance pays 50% of her almost 5,000 Euro monthly care bill. She has no coverage from Tricare, and is ineligible for either Champus or ChampVA. She is also rated 100% disabled and requires daily physical therapy. I even added Foreign Service Benefit Plan, but they also refuse to cover her injury because even though she is in a ‘Pflegeheim’ (care facility) and not in an “Altenheim’ or old peoples home, the refuse to pay because they claim there is n o difference. At Least the VA has been willing to provide her the Spousal benefit of Aid and Attendance, but onl $190 a monoth and not the ordinary $1500 a month coverage. We have now paid over $130,000 in copays for her care.
These “new” benefits are for the WWII vets. For the very few still living, I would venture to bet they will deny 90%. As one widow mentioned, my husband passed as well, my income was cut 3/4%. Nothing from VA or DFAS. The VA rep in Summerville, SC got me nothing but.a certificate of appreciation signed by Bidon, it had the wrong dates, wrong name and the wrong presidential signature. We were barely able to get taps played for him. He was waiting for disability determination and I was told that when he died so did his claim. He was registered and being treated by a VA physician but was denied admission and left to die after 34 hours of no treatment. Vets, you are on your own. All those promises that were made to you are worthless. my husband spent 20 years active duty and 34 years supporting all branches of the military with GD.
Harmon David Biehl says
Hi, I am sorry for your trashy treatment. I applied for benefits because of agent orange. That was in 1968. After five years the VA SAID THEY LOST MY RECORDS AND TO APPLY AGAIN. I SAID SOMETHING UNFLATTERING AND BLEW THEM OFF TILL 2004 WHEN I HAD TO REAPPLY. REMEMBER THEY SAID THEY LOST MY RECORDS. WELL I GOT THE EXACT VA number they gave me in 1968. Strange I thought, but…
I reapplied for PTSD relief and was told I was denied the first time. Strange again. Lost records and all. So for the next bunch of years I was denied and I would really
Finally my health forced them to admit I had Agent Orange damage to much of my body. From 2004 till 2016 I battled the VA with a lawyer till I got 80 percent.
I consider any more tries worthless waste of time. Here is the deal, there is only so much money to go around so it is gonna go to Biden and his friends. There is the long and the short of it. I hope the best for you and yours. Hdb
Karl Englund says
I had lost contact with you after I had moved to Oklahoma in 2000!
I know you went through some tough times back then and always wonder about you.
I was able to find Phill Cerise from out unit (STRATCOM in DaNang back in 66/67 and Don Zetlandic both are doing good! Phill and I end up in Agent Orange also.
I ended up with Radical Prostate Cancer, Ischemic Heart Disease and Diabetes!
My phone # is 405-273-1503 and e-mail [email protected] Look
forward to hearing from you Brother Oh yes do you still have that corvette?
I discharged in 1969 and applied for compensation in June of 1970. I was diagnosed with 6 of the 10 presumptive conditions attributed to Agent Orange and was given medication for each of them. I was given the same “song-and-dance” from the VA concerning the VA building had burned and my records were lost. The stayed with this lie to deny my eligibility even after I pointed out to them my home was 30 miles from the VA office and I would go by the building 2 to 3 times weekly.
They still will not approve my Agent Orange claim
You cannot have said it any better. It’s amazing, had your spouse been an illegal or a criminal, the government would have bent over backwards to accommodate him. He would have received the finest care available and every social program known to man.I just hope come election time that people wake up and if this next election somehow isn’t rigged, to vote the democrats out of office.America is turning into a 3rd world country, just look around,crime, filth, apathy, anti-police,no honor, no morals.I could go on and on.
My sincere condolence to you and your family. Check again with claim officer, someone dropped the ball. Seriously, please check with them again.
Dennis L Murray says
I served in Desert Storm/Shield from 90-91 and nothing mention about Burn Pit syndrome for those who served during that time.
Erica LoGalbo says
I served at the same time as well and have so many health issues, but cannot get any compensation for any of them!!!!! They acknowledge that I served during that time, but do not qualify for any disability benefits although I am totally disabled according to SSD. It is so frustrating……
It’s a shame that honest veterans who deserve the benefit don’t get it . But I know for a fact there is one that lies his way all the way to 100% and even though I have proof in pictures they ignore it. I’m sorry most of us veterans are treated that way.
You can’t get any compensation because if they pay for those who earned it, how would they have anything left for the criminals and illegals?It costs a lot of money to give them free healthcare, food stamps
, section 8 housing and a generous amount of welfare!
You have to first be diagnosed with one of the conditions the VA recognizes associated with burn pit exposure. If you have a diagnosis you should be able to get benefits
One would think so, but with all the claim hoops to jump through, don’t hold your breath.
Gary Kinney says
I have experienced the hoops. I was having a PTSD breakdown and there was a doctor down the hall. Yet the Bank Type Teller at the class window said I had to fill out a financial forms even after I handed her a DD214, and a military retirement card. Weren’t the good enough? Guess not the VA jerks!
Apply for it. Burn pit exposure will cover time from desert storm. I work in vba. Apply
Stephen Kirchon says
I go to the VA in Orlando Fl / Lake Nona and Kissimmee Clinic and get very Good Care
eugene c moore says
I see the burn pit information for Iraq and Afahanistan war but what about us South East Asia
People who suffer from the same problem
Donald Ford says
I was in Khe Sanh in Vietnam 67-68 and we had burn barrels with diesel fuel.
Janet Mickelburg says
It’s good to help the WW2 vets but most of them have passed away.
The Vietnam and gulf and afghan wars need help now too before they all die.
am a sick man that doesn’t understand thi says
Politicians always come up with these allegedly great things for the veterans but here it is now they’re going to help cure cancer for World War II vets and there’s hardly any left if that’s a vote getter Then I am a sick man that doesn’t understand this alleged helpfulness
That was called shit burning duty. We had to burn all ours in diesel also in Iraq. Hence the saying “you’re just stirring the pot”. (Shit)
Treva Miles says
I served in Desert Shield/Storm and was able to register for the Burn Pit
Kathey Waggoner says
My husband was 100% disabled. He passed away almost 5 years ago. When he passed away my monthly income was cut a lot. I still have the same bills. I took care of him for the last 10 years of his life as he was unable to work due to his disability he received while serving in the Vietnam war. I don’t think the spouses wages should be cut so much after they pass away.
Sandra Morgan says
You are right on that
Larry Joaquin says
I totally agree with you. Even though at this point my wife doesn’t have to take care of me and I hope she never will the amount she will receive when I pass is ridiculous. There is no way these benefits should be SLICED that much. Our significant other services the same amount of time as we did and stand by our side through the years. They give up a lot and definitely deserve reasonable compensation. I have never felt the VA gave a damn about me and care even less about my wife. Very sad. Always the best to you and all the others out there like you. Thank you for your caring and for standing by my brother Vet.
After my husband passed, from service connected disabilities, the income I received was cut drastically. I lost our home we spent 15 years building together. One board at a time. On a small piece of property we had worked, shaped and loved. I lost him, my home, all I’d ever worked for. It’s not right to strip a grieving widow what little is left of her husband….
It is very disturbing that all of us that have served, our spouses and children who have taken care of the home front have o fight to get Health Care. Even more disturbing is the dental that is stated is only for those who have a service connection. Having worked at 2 of the VA hospitals in the safety office, it is disturbing the mentality of the Senior Staff and medical staff is beyond any normal comprehension. They view some of us as disruptive in our behavior.s. They need to look at how the staff treats all of us, rude and crude all of the time. They need to abolish the VHA and allow us to receive health care at local facilities instead of the trillions of dollars to build and maintain the brick and mortar buildings. Recently adding a fence around one VA Campus cost 1 million dollars.
Been waiting 3.5 yrs for a new disability rating.
I went to the local VA Admin office after 7 years of trying on my own. They got me 79% three years ago and I applied for 100% in January and got it in March. PTSD, depression and agoraphobia.
Call your congressman? I did after a year of bs. Had my check in a week.
Shouldn’t take nearly that long. Contact VA at 800 827 1000. You will likely find out its been adjudicated or paperwork was never received. You can go to VA.gov and reapply but I would recommend a Service Office through one of the Veterans organization.
Angela P says
Well isn’t that just hunky dory. I’m still not seeing any attention paid to all the vets that can’t take advantage because they separated w/o documented service related disabilities,even though there many have been some, and are gainfully employed. Those vets are forced to pay for their own medical insurance, whether through employer or on their own. What about them? They’re seeing zero “perks” for their sacrifice part of their lives. Weak federyamdin getting weaker by the day. I guess that token Veteran’s Day discount, or that 5% off a few big vines see offer should be satisfying even though many vets are forced into bankruptcy over the commercial medical practices .. God Bless the U.S..A …
Jimmie Glisson Jr says
I agree with you. I’m having trouble seeing my doctor at the VA clinic in Savannah Georgia
File to be treated by community care physician. If you have to wait over 30 days for an appointment, or you live over 40 miles from the nearest VAMC. They have to approve it.
Darryl Moore Sr says
I have used the GI bill. I used it to buy a home. 34 years ago thanks to the GI bill I was able to get a loan with the government backing. I couldn’t have been more thankful. I would’ve never been able to get a loan without it. Now my earing is getting worse, after working on the aircraft carriers. The older I get the worse it gets. I need help now. I’m asking for it now.
Go to your local.VA office. I found going in.person helps. Make sure you have proof of finances. This help might not be what your looking for, but they will get you to the right people to assist in what you do need.
It won’t hurt to have a family friend or family member do a go fund me. The personal touch is one I am.more
Likely to help out.
I’m a Gulf War who served 1989-1991 on the USA LEXINGTON AVT-16 (BLUE GHOST) (LADY LEX) 1991-1993 Virginia Beach Va Naval Air Base. I really hope the Supreme Court paases the law that allows us Disabled Veterans to be paid backpay from the time we left service not for only one year backpay. I never was told I could apply for disability for my PTSD, Tinnitus, Migranes, Feet issues,knee injury. I applied on my B-Day 12/04/20 got approved for 60% 2 mths later then 80% 2 more mths and found the VA made an error after I asked for a senior Rep to review my file and less then a mth after another e CP exam, I got 100% plus Rating of Total & Pernament! Don’t give up Vets question every step of the way! Took me several years before I finally applied just wish I did sooner. Being a single Mom it would of helped so much. I also got Community Care near my home for my feet doctor and its only 2 miles away instead of 35 miles! Ask for Community Care stay on them because they take a while. Good Luck Vets!!
Kenneth C White says
I had many problems in getting my health Beniffits NY NG moved to North Carolina a little better, but then I moved to Delaware .
Delaware is the best for me getting medical help and Bennifits. The VA is here to help us while we are alive, The comunity care system is working out well. The doctors and nurses are the greatest.
Best to join a group that helps, I joined Vietnam Veterans of America look for a chapter near you.
Paul Lardizzone PHC/PDC Service Officer does a great job he does his best to make sure you get your Bennifits that you earned and deserve.
The system takes a long time, why?
Veterans move to Delaware best overall for VA benefits
floyd wood says
The government and the vet administration and the people of the United States just want the Viet Nam vet to die and or go away.
Steven W Schlah says
I tend to agree with this statement. First is the FACT that getting in touch can be larorious. It takes between 10 to 56 times to connect with the first VA reps and then reconnect with other reps. This can take between 39 minutes to over 2 hours. And then I don’t have either my regular in Santa Barbara (supposedly soon to Ventura) and West LA. Once I get medical person things are good, but getting to that person is like pulling teeth. Please fix the phone connection.
Evelyn Miller says
We live in Michigan. It took my husband 40 years to get his 100% disability. He had been suffering with all of his illness from A.O.. He died 6/15/22 due to extremely high blood pressure & kidney damage.
John Joseph says
I’m a 5year veteran of the Vietnam War, retired after 25years.
The V.A. has been a God sent to me. Besides medical care & prescription coverage I’ve had several surgeries, two life saving.
I thank God every day for the V.A. & the wonderful people working there.
God bless the V.A & America.
You work for the VA . They aren’t here to help Veterans at all.
Susan McCormick says
I don’t work for the VA and they have been great to me for the last 24 years in the Black Hills of SD. I have no problems getting appointments or help with any paperwork I need to submit. I had a problem with one doctor and the Patient Advocate called me back immediately and took care of the problem. I love the VA here.
Fred Johnson says
How true. I’m a vet from Nam and the VA in Spokane, WA will not even let me see my primary doctor. I transferred here over (18) eighteen months ago and still haven’t seen him. How busy can he be.
Paul Bishop says
I was getting all my appts. free and my medicine free, even got a check from VA for back appts and medicine. Then when Biden took over appts went up to $50 and had to start paying for medicine again, was that something Biden reversed on the greatest President in our lifetime policy along with everything else he reversed and is destroying our country.
John Joseph says
Two more years of Biden & his American heating administration.
DONALD J TRUMP 2024
j daniels says
no way he was a crook of first order.get rid of mcconnel and his programs would get passed do some reading to find out whats really going on.before you start praising that half way russian
Susan McCormick says
I agree 100%. We don’t need McConnell or most of the GOP in Congress or the White House. Without them blocking everything that would help Veterans and Americans in general, we would have a great Healthcare System in America!
Your an idiot J Daniels. Since veterains hasnt put you in a mental institute yet please seek outside help to get committed
Because of fools like you is why our country is now a shit hole
I agree the last bill that came up ( even though it passed ) every republicant in congress voted against it .
Susan McCormick says
The way the VA works is on having to pay for things is based on your disability rating. It always has been, under Trump is when some changes were pushed through that caused people to be charged for things, not Biden.
True statement. Too many Trump supporters lack the facts and start spreading false info. Massachusetts VA takes care of the vets…im upset when I here other states aren’t doing the same. It should be the same nation wide.
This disinformation is why Veterans don’t seek care. Co-pays were started in the 80s. They were a result of the news media singling out instances of Rich Veterans getting care. You can credit that, not Trump. Do your homework.
Ellsworth Meigs says
I LIVE IN KILLEEN TEXAS, THE NEAREST VA IS IN TEMPLE, TEXAS ANDTHEY ARE THE WORST VA FACILITY EVER. THE PEOPLE WHO GREAT YOU ARE VERY RUDE, WHEN I SAID I CAN’T HEAR YOU SHE SAID IT MUST BE FRIDAY. TOOK SIX MOUNTHS TO GET A AUDIO APPOINTMENT. TOOK ALMOST AS LONG TO GET AN EYE APPOINTMENT. WHEN I CALLED WAS ON HOLD FOR MORE THAN 30 MINS. MOST EMPLOYEES ARE RETIRED MILITARY OVER 70 AND ARE UNABLE TO DO THERE JOB PROFISHENITLY.
I AM NOT GOING TO PUT UP WITH THIS, SO FROM NOW ON I GO OUT ON THE OUTSIDE AND GET BETTER TREATMENT.
Guy M. Grow says
For 30 odd years, I lived the life of an Army solider. Finally, when we moved closer to a VA Medical Center, I enrolled in the health care system, this was about a year and half ago (which I feel I certainly had earned). No problem, certainly have earned this benefit (besides receiving the ” taxable” pension, I live in Delaware!). Then, out of the blue, I received a notice a few months stating I am no longer eligible due to a new order dated 1 October 2021 passed by the Democratic Congress reinstating an income cap!
I can’t believe this, while I (and I do include the thousands of
other military members) spent the better part of my adult life serving this country while civilians were paying off their 30-year mortgages and developing a nice career and retirement plan, now because of a ridiculous salary cap, I am no longer eligible.
I miss DJT!
DAVID KATZ says
I was in Nam in 65/66 I have 3 daughters and each one of them has med problems that no one in my family ever had . I’m sure they will find a connection to AO after we’re all dead. I also have problem with my legs shaking when I lift them off the ground. Doctors don’t know what it is or what’s causing this. I think it’s also AO but again when we’re all dead.
chief whiteeagle says
ya i know what you mean i have the same propblem with my legs but they dont shake they just lock up and i cannt walk but the U s wont do any thing about it but now if we live in or was in there army or what evevry they have dicided that that come form be exposed to the A.C. so they are trying to take care of there people so i now what you are going thought but like you said we be all dead before they do any thing
Pedro Fresquez says
For over 30 years I have been trying to get dental care through the VA, contacting VA, Congressmen, Senators, and Presidents and I have gotten nowhere. During 20 years of military service my teeth rotted, military dentists put fillings and crowns on my teeth that are now falling out.
ALSO, I have been trying to get help to convince the State of New Mexico to remove the requirement for state income taxes from military retirement pay. Our retirement pay for a Sergeant First Class is low and the VA benefits are pitiful, we need for our country that we so honorable served to take care of us now in our after service years.
if you were ever injured while in the military for any reason put a cliam in for those injuries. if you ever get 100% you can get dental care. and also your children can also get medical from the VA. if the military did your dental put a claim in, do not give up
mike harding says
i was not injured while in the service by rather in the VA hosp. I crushed my ankle and was taken to VA hosp. No bones ever poke through the skin. 8 surgeries for anything from not having the right parts, to screw heads breaking off two rods, to cut blood vessels to finally a what they call a Tylor spiral brace. 4 metal rings with 20-something rods going all the way through. Then the phone call said. Ya need to come in so we amputating your leg. The VA Hosp had given me a bone infection.
When i asked how this could happen the first response was: You do know this is a training Hosp right,”. In the end when the rods were pulled through my leg the guy never cleaned them first. He was pissed for being there and in a hurry. I was held down on a table and he clipped and pulled. I have sent in and written to 25 different people and never received a response about being compensated. When i asked the dr there answer was, did it happen in war or are you an officer, then no nothing, This is just the tip of the horror from the va and how it destroyed my business? Any help would be great
James Hamilton iii says
I’m1 100% disabled my wife applied for campus in march 2022 no response as of yet what’s the timeline for getting her enrolled
I was married in December and my husband did not get his medical card until June!!!!
there is no time limit go to your nearest VA and go to the eligibility office its Champus
bring your Marriage certificate your Id card if you have children bring all your wife can go to the PX, the commersary, she is also entitle to education ( college) VA mortage
all the VA insepector gegneral at 1-800=488-8244
sorry for the spelling bur you can read it
hope this helps you
cindy s hanning says
They are still months behind due to covid. Anyway thats what they told me. Just keep calling champva and checking on the status. Otherwise you may get lost in the paperwork shuffle. It took about 3 month for him to get his card.
I filled for my dependents to be on champ VA back in December and was informed mid June, when I called to check status, that it won’t me done until mid to late July and to just keep all receipts for medications and check ups so I can file for reimbursement as they back date to date of application.
But do not go to the VA clinic unless you know they have a benefits office that deals with champ VA, most DO NOT. It will be a wasted trip and the VA medical has nothing to do with the enrollment process of Champva
Bert Hall says
The va will let a vet suffer all the doc has to do is nothing
George L Hledik says
This bill is Nice for everyone except Vietnam Vet. No where is it mentioned about Agent Orange. It did however mention spraying ibourder Perimiter areas but no mention with what. The orginal article in the news paper mentioned Vietnam vet Now we are gone.
This is NOT Right !!!
if you apply to the VA you will be covered you should have gotten compersation for agent orange
Donna R. Eckler says
Not true even if you are a Veteran and served 20 years. In most cases your income is too high to qualify for VA.. I don’t understand this, my Dad was in the VA system, he made a lot more money than I did but he qualified and I didn’t. He was in the system over 20 years ago, maybe that makes a difference. Anyway, they told me I don’t qualify.
John Joseph says
I served 25 years five in Vietnam. I’m 100% disabled, receiving retirement pay, disability from the service & V.A. Plus Medicare. I receive all V.A. benefits + Medicare & try care. c
Try going to a federal V.A. center instead of a state one. I found federal are better trained & more receptive to our needs.
Susan McCormick says
You are wrong. To qualify for the VA has to do with your disability rating, income effects if you have a co-pay if your disability rating is under a certain percentage. I have made $50,000 a year and didn’t pay a co-pay at the time because of my rating.
Evelyn Miller says
My husband was also in Vietnam. He was right in the areas where Agent Orange was. He had several medical problems from it: diabetes. Open heart surgery. Pstd, depression problems. Kidney damage. It took him 40 years to get 100% disability, unemployed. He died on 6/15/22 of his kidneys shutting down. His blood pressure were very extremely high (220/110.) Ect
He started getting sick & was hospitalized since 3/12/22…
If they were anywhere in Vietnam they were exposed to AO .
Paul Farrell says
The VA told me a little more than a year ago that I was exposed to so. I’ve told them for 45 years.amazing. they also told me that I would not be compensated because I am being treated for some of the stuff already. WHY?????
There are all kinds of benefits if you meet the criteria
Reginald Choyce says
As a man who began his Military career in the Army, an impressionable young man fresh out of high school, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. I found myself, during a bivouac exercise, traumatized by being left in the field to find his way back to base alone, at night, who to this day at 69 still suffer the ramifications of that D. I’s racist, bigoted, careless, “oh, it was just a joke”, attitude, qualify me for anything more than a 10? Fortunately, after receiving an Honorable because of my strong protest to that rather cavalier behavior, I joined, and had a good tour, in the Air Force shortly after that experience. None the less, the trauma you see, is still with me and probably will be for the rest of my life, unless I can get the psychological help I need. Or is it too late to sue? or should I speak with a JAG officer?
not late but you can not sue the arm forces. you should be getting help for this condition you should be getting psychological help,
Gene reid says
We had burn pits in viet nam at every base camp. Everything was burned from poop to food cans with mo gas mixed with diesel
Why cans ? Flies and othet insects and so vc could not use them. Same thing with perimter fence for weed cotrol. Why did you forget us ? This is not fair !!!
George L Hledik says
You are so right. Article in the News Paper Mentioned Vietnam Vets & Agent Orange.
I filed for bladder cancer ( which has spread to the kidney). Just recently I found that this has made the list for Agent Orange. I filed via my county vet rep waited 11 months got declined. Pretty much told me your 76 and already 100% disabled all service connected. Was advised not to refile if I did good chance they would come after me and jeopardize my current disability. Two deployments to Nam 66-68. Any ideas ?
apply again start treatment at the VA to get record started
Clifford Roberts says
I was advised to submit a claim for my thyroid condition due to agent orange exposure in Vietnam. I did so on June 2021. I recently stopped by the VA office where I live to inquire. I was advised the process went through medical records and reports then just died in someone’s desk. This person sent a message to inquire and told me to check.back in 3 months.and next time make a appointment before stopping by my office. Since no one was there I am not sure who or what I interrupted.
Don’t know if anyone has told you but I will. Back in 2000, 2001 the Agent Orange bill was passed that gives each veteran who served during specific dates automatic coverage for any existing or future diseases caused by it. You need to check with the closest VA Hospital or facility and inquire about the Agent Orange physical. Take your DD214 and any other paperwork to prove you were in VN or exposed to AO. You will get a finding of “Exposed & eligible for treatment & benefits from AO. My case is Diabetes II w progressive neuropathy in both feet. made a 30% add on to my score. Fortunately I did it because the next year had renal failure from problems with diabetes II. 70% I know it gets old & tiresome but keep going back to get your benefits.
Sadly they won’t come looking for you.
call the VA inspector general in DC 1800-488-8244
hope this helps
Joseph Kish says
Why is it the government. Dose nothing about all the veterans and their families who stationed st camp Lejune and were poisoned by the water they drank. Every time I tried to get help I get the run a round. I guess you have to die first and then you can go to the cemetery that was built just for that reason!!!
Wayne knowles says
I fail to see how any American Veteran can support Joey Boboon and his Socialist Demoncrap Party!!
Janet Young says
Ditto! Unfortunately there are still idiots who support this communist who cares more about illegal aliens and funds them but leaves our vets homeless and suffering. The illegals get free medical and everything under the sun taken care of. It’s sick!! EVIL!!!
Thomas Payne says
That is not true a ruling was made and if you can prove you were there you will get Compensation. Plus there is a class action lawsuit for those victims. Google it and you can see the information
DAVID KATZ says
what is the web site? what do you Google? Thanks
they just stared president just signed a law to help you jar heads
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Carl Karlburg says
I have tricare and medicare and I love it. Now I need dental care but since i am not 100 percent disabled the military will not help. Did Biden do anything to help?
Will Lanzet says
NO! I have been advocating for years to change the current dental eligibility to include all disabled veterans receiving their medical care from the VA. My letter to President Biden went unanswered.
Lonard Hutchon says
I need to talk to someone about my benefits
what type of benefits
Richard Thomas says
I have cancer of agent orange of Collen cancer the VA has helped me and the civilian hospital with community Care act I had stage 3 they help me . I am great full to them it’s been almost 5 yrs in remeshen I give them a A+ they help me so much.its the best people the VA & civilian hospital I appreciate them.
Do you offer more fir the Veterans wife’s , to help with daily living issues…. ??? Thank yiu
Susie M Wilson says
What about Veterans Spouses? Where’s their Benefits? And what benefits do they qualify for? Through Champ VA? Thanks.
if your 100% your wife, your children get medical. she can go to the VA for treatment no copay, your children also get medical at the doctor. with a copay. your wife, children also get education benifit also VA mortage loans
Daniel F MAYER says
Not true. Va will not treat wife and children
If the husband is 100% wife get free medical so do the children no living expensense
I am a wife. Of a 100% disabled Navy Vet. Come October 1. I can apply to get a monthly stipend. For being my husband’s caregiver.
JAMES DUNCAN says
Is this true