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Matthew Hulse

Gulf War Veterans with pd.

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Afghanistan 2001-2002. File a Va claim for service connected disability for Parkinson's secondary to a TBI. Considering that the TBI was in 86 it is a long shot, but all they can do is say no..

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I am a 41 year old gulf war Veteran.  I was diagnosed in July.  I got out in 2001. I was very sick back then.  The VA was having me see their gulf war specialist. It said in my records something about possible exposure to hazzardous substance..or something like that..   I now have private insurance through my wife so I don't see the VA.  But it's interesting you bring this up.  Keep me informed.

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Im a Vietnam vet 1968-69.The VA did give me service connection for my Parkinson in 2012.The VA is very pro Parkinson and goes out of it's way to help vets with PD.I know vets now who are VA comp and were not in NAM.

IF your a vet with Parkinson I would definitely contact the VA and a service organization.You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain

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I was reading the VA's new rules admitting Parkinson's as a service-connected disability for Gulf War vets with service-connected TBI a few weeks ago but can't find the links right now.  Here are some similar links that discuss the new presumptions:

 

http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/claims-postservice-gulfwar.asp

 

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/new-rules-veterans-disability-related-brain-injury.html

 

For Vietnam War Vets, I believe it was around 2010 when the VA began presuming that Parkinson's was service-connected disability for any vet who set foot in Vietnam, regardless of the date of the onset of illness.

 

http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/benefits_chap02.asp

 

As for me, I didn't have any TBIs during my deployments to the sandbox so I don't count.  Also, since private long-term disability insurance benefits pay more than VA disability (and would terminate if my disability was service related), I'm sort of okay with the way things are.

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I was reading the VA's new rules admitting Parkinson's as a service-connected disability for Gulf War vets with service-connected TBI a few weeks ago but can't find the links right now.  Here are some similar links that discuss the new presumptions:

 

http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/claims-postservice-gulfwar.asp

 

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/new-rules-veterans-disability-related-brain-injury.html

 

For Vietnam War Vets, I believe it was around 2010 when the VA began presuming that Parkinson's was service-connected disability for any vet who set foot in Vietnam, regardless of the date of the onset of illness.

 

http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/benefits_chap02.asp

 

As for me, I didn't have any TBIs during my deployments to the sandbox so I don't count.  Also, since private long-term disability insurance benefits pay more than VA disability (and would terminate if my disability was service related), I'm sort of okay with the way things are.

Thank you for your post.

 

My DH was in the Navy in Viet Nam...never "set foot" on the ground. His destroyer remained for months off the coast defending carriers and firing onto shore. The rivers that obviously contained agent orange from the run off spilled into the bay where he was. For eight months they had no fresh water....they showered with salt water, washed their clothes by dragging them behind the ships, and their drinking water was contaminated with salt water and oil residue.

 

He has suffered from neurological problems since including bilateral tri geminal neuralgia for which he has had over ten radiological procedures on his brain and face. He is now being assessed for eye/orbit cancer. Both are very rare. The chemicals used during that time impacts more than the "foot soldiers".....

 

God bless our veterans.

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We pause today to thank our current and former veterans and their families for your selfless service to protect our freedom and liberty.
God bless you this Veterans Day!

Warren & Virginia Olson
Senior Living Ministries

 

 

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Remember those that never came home......... Those interred in Flanders fields, above the beaches of Normandy, on the islands of the Pacific, etc........... Many remember those buried at Arlington, yet forget the 33,230 service men and women buried at the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific just outside Honolulu, Hi...................

 

So take a moment today, and remember not just those who served, but also those who have fought and died, committed the final sacrifice..... for FREEDOM!

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Thank you everyone for your responses to this post. I am currently still pursuing my final diagnosis. I am currently taking sinemet, with some, but not total relief. Have to drive six hours to the nearest va MDS to try to get a diagnosis, as my Parkinsonism does not follow the normal pattern, and my progression has advanced very quickly in the past six months. Will update you on how it goes. Thank you all at this forum. It has helped me not feel so alone in all this.

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Thank you for your post.

 

My DH was in the Navy in Viet Nam...never "set foot" on the ground. His destroyer remained for months off the coast defending carriers and firing onto shore. The rivers that obviously contained agent orange from the run off spilled into the bay where he was. For eight months they had no fresh water....they showered with salt water, washed their clothes by dragging them behind the ships, and their drinking water was contaminated with salt water and oil residue.

 

He has suffered from neurological problems since including bilateral tri geminal neuralgia for which he has had over ten radiological procedures on his brain and face. He is now being assessed for eye/orbit cancer. Both are very rare. The chemicals used during that time impacts more than the "foot soldiers".....

 

God bless our veterans.

 

Awful, NN.  I'm so very grateful for our military who gave so much for us.  Please give your hubby a hug for me.

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Im a Vietnam vet 1968-69.The VA did give me service connection for my Parkinson in 2012.The VA is very pro Parkinson and goes out of it's way to help vets with PD.I know vets now who are VA comp and were not in NAM.

IF your a vet with Parkinson I would definitely contact the VA and a service organization.You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain

 

Am so glad you got help from the VA, John.  And thank you--so very much--for your service in Viet Nam.  Seems like so little to just thank you, but it's from the bottom of my heart.  You guys served your country as directed and got the blame for so much that wasn't yours to own.

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I was reading the VA's new rules admitting Parkinson's as a service-connected disability for Gulf War vets with service-connected TBI a few weeks ago but can't find the links right now.  Here are some similar links that discuss the new presumptions:

 

http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/claims-postservice-gulfwar.asp

 

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/new-rules-veterans-disability-related-brain-injury.html

 

For Vietnam War Vets, I believe it was around 2010 when the VA began presuming that Parkinson's was service-connected disability for any vet who set foot in Vietnam, regardless of the date of the onset of illness.

 

http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/benefits_chap02.asp

 

As for me, I didn't have any TBIs during my deployments to the sandbox so I don't count.  Also, since private long-term disability insurance benefits pay more than VA disability (and would terminate if my disability was service related), I'm sort of okay with the way things are.

 

That's great BRG.  Did you serve in the Gulf War?

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I am a 41 year old gulf war Veteran.  I was diagnosed in July.  I got out in 2001. I was very sick back then.  The VA was having me see their gulf war specialist. It said in my records something about possible exposure to hazzardous substance..or something like that..   I now have private insurance through my wife so I don't see the VA.  But it's interesting you bring this up.  Keep me informed.

 

This is just so hard to hear that so many of you that served are sick, Magma.  Good to hear your have private insurance and don't have to deal with the VA unless necessary.

 

Nam 1971-72  exposure to Agent Orange  claim in progress

 

Thank  you for putting your life on the line in that awful war, noworkky. 

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Afghanistan 2001-2002. File a Va claim for service connected disability for Parkinson's secondary to a TBI. Considering that the TBI was in 86 it is a long shot, but all they can do is say no..

 

Hi, action_guy.  Thank you for your service, and I hope things work out with the long shot.  Keep us updated.

 

I'm a vet, but not of the Gulf War......... considering I enlisted in late '76 and was out in '82.....lol

 

Thanks, AB, for your service. 

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Thank you everyone for your responses to this post. I am currently still pursuing my final diagnosis. I am currently taking sinemet, with some, but not total relief. Have to drive six hours to the nearest va MDS to try to get a diagnosis, as my Parkinsonism does not follow the normal pattern, and my progression has advanced very quickly in the past six months. Will update you on how it goes. Thank you all at this forum. It has helped me not feel so alone in all this.

 

Hi, Matthew.  You're  definitely not alone in this, and please do keep us updated.  Six hours to the nearest VA MDS is a long way. 

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Need to clarify a little about the VA's policies for Vietnam Era Vets: the policy to extent the presumption of a service connected disability for Parkinson's (and a bunch of other stuff) seems to extend to anyone who served anywhere in the Vietnam Area of Operations, including waters, and the Korean DMZ.

 

The interesting thing about Gulf War Vets and Parkinson's is that while the VA presumption seems only to apply to the presumption of a service connected disability to those who sustained a service connected TBI, there is a general category for "undiagnosed illnesses,"  the symptoms of which seem to match many of Parkinson's symptoms.  As such, an argument could probably be made that non-TBI Parkinson's should also be covered.  Like Johnnys said, it seems that VA is going out of its way to take responsibility for Parkinson's, and you've got nothing to lose by asking.

 

Yes, Linda, I made multiple deployments to the Gulf states, Horn of Africa, and Afghanistan during multiple operations and wars.  USN active and reserve from 1985 to 2007 when I retired.

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Need to clarify a little about the VA's policies for Vietnam Era Vets: the policy to extent the presumption of a service connected disability for Parkinson's (and a bunch of other stuff) seems to extend to anyone who served anywhere in the Vietnam Area of Operations, including waters, and the Korean DMZ.

 

The interesting thing about Gulf War Vets and Parkinson's is that while the VA presumption seems only to apply to the presumption of a service connected disability to those who sustained a service connected TBI, there is a general category for "undiagnosed illnesses,"  the symptoms of which seem to match many of Parkinson's symptoms.  As such, an argument could probably be made that non-TBI Parkinson's should also be covered.  Like Johnnys said, it seems that VA is going out of its way to take responsibility for Parkinson's, and you've got nothing to lose by asking.

 

Yes, Linda, I made multiple deployments to the Gulf states, Horn of Africa, and Afghanistan during multiple operations and wars.  USN active and reserve from 1985 to 2007 when I retired.

 

It is very, very moving to me to see so many of you among us have served.  To say thank you is so little.  But...thank you.  Very much.

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I did some web searches and found many gulf war Vets with PD and other neuro issues. I was sent to the VA's gulf war doc after I was discharged. Extremely ill....Is there a connection between the gulf era and PD??  I don't know...Both my uncles served in Nam and both have PD.   I am starting to hear many stories that are so similar to mine it makes me think. Whether it be from exposure from something or from the military administered vaccines like the anthrax vaccine or what ever the heck else was given.  I was given shots and pills left and right. I really feel for the guys and gals that have to fight with the VA and get nowhere.  It's an absolute disgrace.

 

Vets on this link talking about their PD and other neuro issues-

http://vets.yuku.com/topic/19475/t/PARKINSONS-DISEASE.html#.VGdP3MmnVAB

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I am coming at this topic from a somewhat different angle but would welcome any comments.

 

I served in the Peace Corps from 1984-1986. My country of service was Sri Lanka and a major part of my time was spent in a war zone in the northeast of the country. My Parkinson's symptoms first became evident around 1990 and I was diagnosed with PD in 1996. I feel like I can make a pretty good circumstantial case of having been exposed to DDT or chlordane, both of which were used  by the Lankan army as part of a 30 year long civil war against Tamil "insurgents."

 

Without going into too much detail, over the years PD has cost me my job and tens of thousands of dollars in completely out of pocket medical bills.  Unlike what seems to be the VA'S pretty open-minded consideration of the connection between environmental toxins and development of neurological conditions like PD, the Peace Corps has shown little or no inclination to address this entire issue. 

 

Given all the obvious difficulties with my circumstances, including the time factor, I'm left wondering whether filing some sort of FECA claim is worth all the pounding my psyche will take as the whole long, soul killing process unfolds.

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That's interesting slapdasch... It seems very possible that there is a connection between the DDT/Chlordane.  We often forget about the Peace Corp and other organizations that volunteer themselves helping others in sometimes terrible places in the world.  That's an honorable thing. You could try some type of claim.  Would be interesting to find out if any others that served in the Corps developed any issues. Probably next to impossible to find that out....

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I am coming at this topic from a somewhat different angle but would welcome any comments.

 

I served in the Peace Corps from 1984-1986. My country of service was Sri Lanka and a major part of my time was spent in a war zone in the northeast of the country. My Parkinson's symptoms first became evident around 1990 and I was diagnosed with PD in 1996. I feel like I can make a pretty good circumstantial case of having been exposed to DDT or chlordane, both of which were used  by the Lankan army as part of a 30 year long civil war against Tamil "insurgents."

 

Without going into too much detail, over the years PD has cost me my job and tens of thousands of dollars in completely out of pocket medical bills.  Unlike what seems to be the VA'S pretty open-minded consideration of the connection between environmental toxins and development of neurological conditions like PD, the Peace Corps has shown little or no inclination to address this entire issue. 

 

Given all the obvious difficulties with my circumstances, including the time factor, I'm left wondering whether filing some sort of FECA claim is worth all the pounding my psyche will take as the whole long, soul killing process unfolds.

 

Slapdasch2:

 

You've got nothing to lose by asking.  Contact an attorney near you who specializes in federal workers' compensation (FECA) as soon as you can because the time for you to file a claim may be ending.  There are a couple of obstacles for you to overcome in a FECA claim, but your attorney can advise you.  Naturally, you probably won't be eligible for monetary compensation for your loss of earnings since as a Peace Corps volunteer you had no earnings, but you might be able to recover out-of-pocket medical expenses you previously paid and get future medical expenses paid by the federal government that are related to your Parkinson's.

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