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RE: My TDY service Danang 1964-65 AIr Force Military Intelligence MOS 20351
Requested “defoliant” be sprayed around us, after a VC attack on our compound, that was forunately cut off by Spec. Forces
In 2012, diagnosed with prostate cancer (presumptive with AO). While deferring medical procedure decisions, I talked with others who had been in my unit, some before, some after, but none had boots on the ground at the same time as me. For years I did relentless research for a person who served at same time as me. I found nobody who could help me.
In Jan. 2019 in older files from NPRC, I discovered an official AF Performance Report file at my permanent station in Taiwan referred to the TDY work I did in Danang with pertinent info. Even though my service was never on my DD 214, I decided to file with “no guarantee” from my VSO, “but worth a try” after 7 years of endless searching for proof of Vietnam service.
Since early 2019, status of my fully completed claim, became stuck in JSRRC. I contacted JSRRC and with each response, I was told “next quarter” my claim should be completed. The ball was in their court, trying to gather some evidence.
After 8 years, browsing one of the Veteran websites, I finally located another airman, a Danang AB barracks mate who worked in my unit but on different shifts. He too, was an AO victim. I immediately sent in his testimonial “Buddy Letter”.
JSRRC confirmed receipt and informed me my claim was in process with “suspense” date of July 21, 2020, however they were sill waiting a request (Not from me) but somewhere else.
My disability claim is suffering residual effects of Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy and seed implantation. Radiation damage to my bladder cause IU. alos suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, associated Peripheral Neuropathy and loss of income having to leave my high school teaching.. (All documentation has been submitted without any questions)
I’m still waiting for the next status on my claimL
But want to know, if I might be considered for backpay from my original date of diagnosis in 2012 and procedure in 2014 rather than my claim file date of Jan. 2019? I had no control on what was recorded on my DD 214, and had no choice on filing in 2012 (dx) or 2014 (brachytherapy) based on the VSO and NPRC advice and admonition. Thanks.
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VN Service not on my DD 214....advised by VSO and NPRC "DO NOT FILE" until you get Buddy Letter or else up to 10 year wait in VA claim pile
BACK STORY: RE: My TDY service Danang 1964-65 AIr Force Military Intelligence MOS 20351 Requested defoliant be sprayed around us, after a VC attack on our compound, that was forunately cut off by Spec. Forces In 2012, diagnosed with prostate cancer (presumptive with AO). While deferring medical p...