2/94th Battalion Update Number 50


Prostate Cancer

Herbicide info from down under


Hi again,


We have had two Battalion members in three days now confirm additional diagnosis of Prostate Cancer with treatment options still pending.


I have asked Jim Lary one of the Battalions first gun chiefs to take point on questions.


Jim has recently gone through the prostate cancer treatment, the VA approval for 100% compensation while undergoing treatment, and then the after care issues and the compensation and pension exam after the issue is resolved.


I believe the rate for compensation is up to about $2700.00 a month depending on dependant status while undergoing treatment and/or recovery.  Now as I understand it the time to get this approved and financial support varies from one area to the next.  This can be a few months or well over a year.  I have no idea why the difference in area-to-area since the same requirements of proof is required by VA and it is an automatic compensatable cancer.  There are no complex medical decisions to make as to compensation coverage or not.  No one at VA has been able to explain that to me, that makes sense anyway.  It is imperative that you apply as soon as it is diagnosed and treatment options are selected.


There is also a small compensation for loss of function in addition to the disability.


Jim resides in Arkansas so for those on the West Coast Jim would be a few hours ahead of you.


His e-mail is jlary@usa.net for questions and possible phone calls.


Experience is the best educator and Jim has been through the entire issues whereas in this case I have not had this particular issue.



Now as most of you know I have not only been fighting my own case but other issues that I think the data shows a connection and most of you already know most of the issues, since many have those same issues.


What I was shocked to find when I had my lawyer get my medical records from the VA was issues found that were never told to me nor even discussed by VA doctors in over two years.  They do a test and then I never heard anything assuming that was good news.


As I reviewed my records to send up for the remanded VA claim I found issues that I would be concerned about and I think anyone would have been. 


Possible heart valve issues with further testing recommended.  We already have more than our share of Battalion members with heart valve issues.  Also, found significant in the Korean studies.


Lung biopsies recommended, which never happened.


Nerve biopsies recommended, which never happened.


Eye damage in the left eye that no one ever mentioned possibly associated to diabetes or the vasculitis the pulmonary doctor suggested was an issue with my COPD.  From Battalion Update 49 you can clearly see the associations to COPD found by even the VA scientists in Kang’s study.


Lymph nodes on the border line what ever that means.  Lymphoma cancers are one of the most prevalent immune system cancers to AO and no one mentioned this finding at all to me.  Especially since, it was only on one side.  If it was both sides then one could expect an infection of some type.  Of concern would be the immune system issues already found in my blood.


The reduced quality of blood was never mentioned although I knew about it from my civilian doctor.  Quality of blood also found associated in many studies.


Bottom line is those that are being treated by VA it might be prudent for you also to get your medical records and review them yourself and see what they have not told you, if anything.


I was surprised and for me anymore - none of this stuff surprises me.



Some have asked me about the VA’s AO Screening Test. 


I had mine years ago and after studying what that toxic swill can produce in studies I concluded the test was nothing but a sham.  Yours may have been different or it might have changed in six years but I doubt it.  They only checked for few things of course PSA being one of them.  It frankly leads you to believe they are screening for toxic chemicals by the name of the testing and that is not being done.


In fact, I learned later on the cumulative data was not even kept on record as to what percentage of Vietnam Veterans were diagnosed with what - even with the limited testing they were doing.


Now if you were trying to find out how Veterans were indeed affected and by what percentage I would think you first would be looking for empirical test data.  That never happened by VA and I think you can probably guess why.



I posted a link on herbicide information from our Veteran Friends down under and their issues.  I think you will find it interesting what they compensate in paternal birth defects versus what our VA compensates.