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New to this forum.

I have filed for IHD and GERD as a Thailand Veteran direct exposure for perimeter security augmentee and jet engine mechanic.

I have lots of other medical diagnosis ( HTN, DM 2, Chronic Renal Disease stage 3 ) I have not filed new claims thinking it is better to try to get the big 2 items decisions addressed first rather than muddy the claim. Input wlcome Jc

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DMII is a big item since it involves so many secondary conditions.

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New to this forum.

I have filed for IHD and GERD as a Thailand Veteran direct exposure for perimeter security augmentee and jet engine mechanic.

I have lots of other medical diagnosis ( HTN, DM 2, Chronic Renal Disease stage 3 ) I have not filed new claims thinking it is better to try to get the big 2 items decisions addressed first rather than muddy the claim. Input wlcome Jc

Yes, you run the risk they would bundle them together and delay the others to process the most recent....

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Yes, you run the risk they would bundle them together and delay the others to process the most recent....

Dang - looks like you and I are thinking the same on this issue : - )

It's not supposed to work that way but many times it does.

JMHO

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Yep, It was diagnosed today by private physicians..........not a good day at this house. Had a new battery in the old AICD on Friday........He just wants to know what next. .The week can only get better. He has very good docs and a RN to keep him on track. Thanks

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Thanks, my gut said hold off on new claims and you have confirmed my concern. Thanks for your help

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Dang - looks like you and I are thinking the same on this issue : - )

It's not supposed to work that way but many times it does.

JMHO

I learned it the hard way, Carlie, I am sorry to write. They took my new evidence for the IU and made them new claims and then tried to bundle the new claims with the granted BVA appeal. From everything I read that should have never happened, but it did. It would have added another year of waiting. I will never know for sure if it was the Office of Case Management at BVA or my senator that broke the log jam but one of them was instrumental

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Personally I would have filed for all of these issues.

The DMII could be from direct exposure to the AO, the HTN could be possibly associated with either the IHD or the DMII with medical evidence of the link,from a doctor, and the end stage renal disease is also quite possibly due to the DMII but would need a medical statement to support the link.

I am not a doctor but know more about DMII,and IHD etc then I ever thought I would ever need to know.

I see those as the big issues along with the Renal disease, and ,if the VA conceded your AO exposure due to proof of perimeter duty or via your MOS, then the other disabilities you mentioned could be granted as secondarys ,if claimed and then with a full medical statement.to that affect.

The GERD- have you ever been prescribed NSAIDS by VA for anything for some time.

Many vets have gotten SCed for GERD from long term NSAID usage,prescribed by VA for other conditions.

This link shows the known medical association between End Stage Renal Disease and DMII.

It is from the American Heart Association

http://www.heart.org...867_Article.jsp

The trilogy of heart, brain, kidney disease due to DMII is well known in the medical community but by claiming any conditions with a potential DMII nexus would provide a C & P that hopefully would rule out any other etiology in your case for the renal disease and VA ,if AO exposure is conceded, could award the IHD as due to the DMII or directly due to AO with DMII rating as separate.It depends usually on which diagnosis came first.

The best thing you can do is punch up in way you can, the proof of your exposure to AO.Does your MOS or 201 file from service clearly describe your perimeter duties in Thailand?

If you might need Buddy Statements now is the time to try and get them.

I think I posted the Thailand VA directive in reply to your first post here in the Newbie Intro forum.

I assume you are not working? Have you applied for SSDI yet?

If SSDI awards solely for what could become SC conditions, then a SSDI award becomes excellent evidence for TDIU- paid at the 100% rate of comp, once VA concedes your AO exposure.

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Berta , thanks for trying to help.

Filed for Direct exposure Udorn , thailand for Direct exposure. I was never in VN. I am approved for priority 6 . I have one buddy letter about dorms close to perimeter from a guy there in 1971. I have no buddies that I keep in contact with.

Strong evidence I have is that the VSPA ( 432sps ) have me listed as a security augmentee in Aug 1970 with a ID number on their website. Will the VA belive this or not ? Who knows. That is all they have on record. Their historian was not able to find the paper record to support the website posting. My MOS for Jet engine mechanic does not mention perimeter duty in my performance reports. but I did go to the test cell on perimeter weekly and i completed a sworn statement to this effect. Currently , waiting for unit reports from Aug 1970 for 432nd FMS unit hoping they might show i was TDY with security.

Indigestion ( now GERD and Barretts Esophagus) was documented at Dc in 1975 as frequent. It is present in my medical records from the military. I did my own time line from the medical records I had of complaints and sent it in with my claim.Another issue is that I had continued care up until now for my GERD but all the physicians have either died, retired, or moved to other places. AZ medical records are destroyed by law after 7 years. I have no copies. I have never taken NSAIDS due to GERD for years. That is a no no.

After DC GERD contd, and then I got HTN and then later in 2005 came the good stuff IHD with a AICD./and my friend the Pacemaker. I have left ventricular hypertrophy . It is documented in my military record I had an EKG which was somewhat abnormal but I need to have my Cardiologist do a read on it for me . I just found the EKG in my C-file 6 months ago. My military does mention that i was fainted several times. I also did a timeline for that and sent it to our friends at the VA trying to link that to the IHD.

Approved for SSDI 2011 due to IHD ( could not longer work as a airline mechanic). All above well docuemented by private docs. I have 5 for each disease.

Disease order: GERD, then HTN, then IHD, Then AICD and pacer, then essential tremors ,then Chronic renal disease no dialysis thank God.. then DM2 this week.

Thank you for caring enough to listen to my woes. I have contacted Senator John McCain office in Phoenix and his person has called back once and is looking into my claim which seems pretty good.

Question: do you think I should get a IMO or do I really need that with all this stuff..........Jim

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