VA presumes that specific disabilities diagnosed in certain veterans were caused by their military service. VA does this because of the unique circumstances of their military service. If one of these conditions is diagnosed in a veteran, VA presumes that the circumstances of his/her service caused the condition and disability compensation can be awarded.

The following health conditions are presumptively recognized for service in Vietnam. Veterans with one or more recognized conditions do not have to show that their illness is related to their military service to get disability compensation. VA presumes that their condition is service-connected. Conditions include chloracne; non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; soft tissue sarcoma; Hodgkin’s disease; porphyria cutanea tarda; multiple myeloma; respiratory cancers including cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea and bronchus; prostate cancer; acute and subacute transient peripheral neuropathy; type 2 diabetes; and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  

Recently added conditions include B cell leukemias such as hairy cell leukemia, Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease.

Certain conditions are also recognized for the children of Vietnam veterans. Covered birth defects include a wide range conditions. Eighteen defects are specifically included and others not specifically excluded are covered.

Vietnam veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, and later contracted any of these conditions, or have children with birth defects, should apply for disability compensation benefits. There are no time limits to apply.

The Kings County Veterans Service Office issues Veteran I.D. cards to honorably discharged veterans. Contact Joe Wright if you would like to receive periodic veteran’s information by email.    There are many state and federal benefits and programs available to veterans and their dependents. To find out if you are eligible for any of these benefits, visit or call our office. We can and will assist you in completing all required application forms. You can get information on the Web from the Kings County Veterans Service Office webpage at www.countyofkings.com.

Joe Wright, retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer, is the Veterans Service Officer for Kings County. Send your questions to the Veterans Service Office, 1400 W. Lacey Blvd., Hanford, CA 93230; call 582-3211, ext. 2669; or email joe.wright@co.kings.ca.us.

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Doc Lynn Carter

U.S. Veterans Hospital Patient and Patient Caregiver ABUSE http://signon.org/sign/us-veterans-hospital U.S. Veterans Hospital Patient and Patient Caregiver ABUSE on June 15, 2011 still NOT INVESTIGATED - PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION. Doc Lynn Carter, Fort Smith, Arkansas

COVVHA

We had to respond to this message, because it’s misleading.
“VA does this because of the unique circumstances of their military service. If one of these conditions is diagnosed in a veteran, VA presumes that the circumstances of his/her service caused the condition and disability compensation can be awarded.”
Let’s start with using the term, Agent Orange Dioxin. This is the “unique circumstance” our military members were exposed to, by their own government.
I think it’s totally disrespectful to not mention what the disability compensation is connected to.
The government used a chemical herbicide nicknamed Agent Orange (due to the orange stripe on the barrel). They used 22 million gallons on Southeast Asia to kill the vegetation, and deny the enemy cover. This chemical was also used along the Korean DMZ. Our government told our military was safe. What our troops were unaware of is that it contained Dioxin the most poisonous chemical known to man. Well, they found out, alright. Years later, our Vietnam Veterans began becoming seriously ill. Many died young, many young men acquired “old man” diseases with no prior family history all while our government denied their poison had any role in harming them.
The government waited till 1991 to help our veterans, prior to that they were called crazy or faking. The process has been so slow to help our Vietnam Veterans that even after they started to “Presume” a few illnesses, many Vets succumb to their illnesses leaving their families with only more questions and no support. There are claims dating back to the early 1980’s for Ischemic Heart disease (Added only to the presumptive list in 2010) still in appeal. This is not an easy process no matter what you may be led to believe. It is a tragedy.
Secondly, this article is disseminating incorrect information about the Children of Vietnam Veterans. After coming home from war, Veterans tried to move on with their lives and start their families. They soon discovered their children were being born with horrifying deformities, cleft Palate, Club foot, hip dysplasia, rare disorders, and strange illnesses. Our Government again turned it’s back.
“Certain conditions are also recognized for the children of Vietnam veterans. Covered birth defects include a wide range conditions. Eighteen defects are specifically included and others not specifically excluded are covered”
“Vietnam veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, and later contracted any of these conditions, or have children with birth defects, should apply for disability compensation benefits.”
This is very frustrating especially if this is supposed to be by someone knowledgeable in this field. There are not 18+ birth defects covered in the children of Male Vietnam Veterans. There is only one Spina Bifida. From the VA website:
Children who have spina bifida (except spina bifida occulta) and meet the following requirements may be eligible for VA compensation, health care, and vocational training:
 Are biological children of Veterans who served:
 In Vietnam during the period from January 9, 1962 through May 7, 1975, or
 In or near the Korean demilitarized zone between September 1, 1967 and August 31, 1971 and were exposed to herbicides. Veterans who served in a unit in or near the Korean demilitarized zone anytime between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971 are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.
 Were conceived after the date on which the Veteran first entered Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone during the qualifying service period
If you are the child of a Male Vietnam Veteran you are NOT eligible for compensation unless you have Spina Bifida (NOT OCCULTA- the most common form)
There is no help for the thousands and thousands of children of male Vietnam Veterans that are suffering from congenital deformities, Cancers, Autoimmune Diseases, Reproductive Problems and other rare illnesses. There were 2.8 million people that served in Vietnam. Six to eight thousand of them were women.
The eighteen, plus birth defects you talk about in this article are only covered in the children of WOMEN Vietnam Veterans NOT in the children of Male Vietnam Veterans even though the children of Male veterans suffer greatly with the same illnesses!
Anyone else who have the birth defects listed whose mother was not a Vietnam Veteran WILL BE DENIED.
Covered birth defects include, but are not limited to, the following conditions: NOT COVERED IN THE CHILDREN OF MALE VIETNAM VETERANS!!!!!!!!!!
 Achondroplasia
 Cleft lip and cleft palate
 Congenital heart disease
 Congenital talipes equinovarus (clubfoot)
 Esophageal and intestinal atresia
 Hallerman-Streiff syndrome
 Hip dysplasia
 Hirschprung's disease (congenital megacolon)
 Hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis
 Hypospadias
 Imperforate anus
 Neural tube defects
 Poland syndrome
 Pyloric stenosis
 Syndactyly (fused digits)
 Tracheoesophageal fistula
 Undescended testicle
 Williams syndrome
If you are confused over what is or isn’t covered for the Children of Vietnam Veterans feel free to email us at COVVHA@gmail.com

jadams632

I just finished reading a great book that would benefit Vets and children of Veterans. It's called “Crack the VA” by Barbara Steinberg. You can check out her site and the book at http://www.blseldercare.com/. It's a great handbook of information in regards to finding out what services, benefits, etc. that is available to Veterans, especially aging Veterans. I've already recommended it to friends and family of mine and it's aided tremendously in helping me help my parents.

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