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Old Thu Jan 19, 2017, 07:06 PM
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I was exposed to benzene while in the Army in 1961. I applied for disability and was denied. Dr. Steensma wrote a very strong letter in my behalf, my doctor wrote a less strong letter. Both letters did address the two points given in the denial. The VSO sent the letters off as a notice of disagreement. She says I should hear back in 3 to 5 years. I said I would be dead by then. She says not to worry my wife can continue the claim.

When I was in the Army (1958 - 1962) the Army encouraged smoking. Coffin nails were five cents a pack at the PX. Smoking was allowed in the barracks and the smoke was so thick it was hard to see across the barracks. Second hand smoke should be classes as a presumptive cause of MDS.

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Old Mon Jan 23, 2017, 02:30 PM
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Ray, you.made me smile!! I am going on 17 years from initial claim for husband, appeal, he died, survivor benefits claim, 6th appeal!! My appeal is 'formally' on DC docket for this year!!
Vets with MDS claims have died before any decision had been made!
Sad. Dr. Steensma is reviewing my husband's records as I type
GOOD KUCK! DON'T GIVE UP!!
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Old Mon Jan 23, 2017, 08:01 PM
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My decision letter said:
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1. Service connection for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)_(due to benzene exposure), Service connection may be granted for a disability which began in military service or was caused by some event or experience in service.

2. Service connection for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) (due to benzene exposure) is denied since this condition neither occurred in nor was caused by service.

3.The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. There was no continuity of symptoms from service to the present.

4. Myelodysplastic syndrome is not considered a presumptive condition at this time, therefore we are unable to service connect it using the evidence available in your claims.

If you don't mind, on what grounds was your claim denied?
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Old Wed Feb 1, 2017, 01:29 AM
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Rar...Ignore all that..file an appeal what they wrote to you was my 3rd denial statement...I went from a 1 sentence denial to 16 pages. I have an atty who is writing an appeal and representing me on a contingency basis. If you wish I will share their info
Dr steensma just wrote a review as an independent review of husband's med records. .he addresses most of the points the VA questioned
I also sent to my atty research articles that supported a possible connection between TCDD a contaminate in AO and the abnormality it may have on bone marrow and Hematopoietic cells.
Each case is different and so are board members most of which know nothing about MDS..it literally is a crap shoot for the Vet. AND on an individual case by case appeal process NO PRESODENSE is set by any single decision. PLUS, the regional VA may deny you and if you keep appealing it hopefully gets to Fed level. I wrote extremely emotional letters to Obama ,Biden, governors and 18 months later received notice my appeal went to DC where it sat somewhere for a year!!!
The VA has stopped researching blood/ bone marrow disorders related to AO (2015) SO it's a 1 claim at a time.
How many times have you been denied? Do you have a healthy person to advocate for you??
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Old Mon Feb 20, 2017, 10:21 AM
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One claim at a time

BVA decisions have always been one claim at a time. They ignore any decisions sited concerning another veteran.

The study being done at Dana-Farber is being led by Dr. Steensma. Within a year we should have the results of whether MDS is linked to Agent Orange or not. I have seen a number of positive decision linking AML to AO. In almost every case the BVA opined that since AO contained "dibenzo" the AML was caused by benzine exposure.

I brought that up before the Institute of Medicine in Chicago in 2010 and was ignored. As I am sure you are all aware, benzine exposure is also a cause of MDS.
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