Been extremely busy here with work and holidays, as I am sure everyone is the same.
Wanted to get a quick note out and let all the Vietnam veterans who have filed claims for ischemic heart disease know that their claims are being finally completed. Within the last week, we have started to receive decisions based on these claims. It took the VA a year to write and complete the regulations for these types of claims, presumptive to Agent Orange. Now that the regulations are complete decisions are being completed. If you have an ischemic heart disease, presumptive to Agent Orange claim pending, you should be receiving a decision soon.
I am enclosing a link for Navy Vietnam veterans who have been limited on filing for Agent Orange exposure. Use to be you had to have “boots on ground” to claim Agent Orange exposure, meaning actually been in county Vietnam. The VA has now provided a list of Navy ships that can claim Agent Orange exposure. Please, if you know a Navy veteran from the Vietnam era, please print the list and ask them if they were on any of these ships at the time. If so, they can claim numerous conditions (diabetes, numerous cancers to include prostate, lung, and heart disease etc). Here is the link:
For now, everyone have a safe and Merry Christmas….see ya at the New Year.
National Service Officer
Military Order of the Purple Heart