2012 Veteran Shares AO and PN Approval!

Rev. Larry K. Loree Sr., US Army, 68th Med Group, combat medic, Vietnam Vet 1966-67 writes:

Several years ago I communicated with you by email, then again about one year ago after you set up this very enlightening website.

My purpose for communicating with you now, is two-fold:

To thank you for giving myself and many other Vietnam Vets with PN (and no diabetes) hope in dealing with the VA through the claim process.

I filed my claim for AO connected PN in November 2010 and was recently informed by the VA that my PN disability claim was granted.

When I recently received the new rating, I immediately thought of you and the encouragement you have given me and other AO affected Vets.

I am writing this to thank you for blazing a trail with your own PN issues and to inspire my brother Vets who are afflicted with PN without diabetes.

Out of more than one hundred VN Vets that I have quizzed, more than 70% reported symptoms of PN after I explained the condition. Most have never sought treatment, because they didn’t understand that it is likely caused by exposure to AO. In every instance I have encouraged them to be tested and I refer them to your website for more insights.

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About the Author

LtCol Eugene B Richardson, USA (Retired) BA, MDiv, EdM, MS

Col Richardson has suffered with severe neuropathy for over 45 years. A 27 year military veteran and veteran of the Vietnam War, he was diagnosed with a progressive chronic peripheral neuropathy resulting in severe disability. This diagnosis has been confirmed as due to exposure to Agent Orange. It was not until 2010, 42 years after his exposure to Agent Orange, that his diagnosis was recognized by Veterans Affairs as service connected.

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  1. I served with the 25th Infantry in 1966-1967 — the same period during which Rev. Loree served. It would be greatly appreciated if he could share some of the specifics of his history … especially if his PN is DELAYED-onset. Was it? If so, how lengthy was the “delay”?

    I filed a disability claim in 2009 which was denied because I was not “EARLY onset”. I challenged that decision with my “plan” (such as it was) to wait for the scientific research to “catch up” and better resolve the issue of DELAYED-onset PN qualifying as (“more likely than not”) also being triggered by AO exposure. The change in 2012 to the VA’s policy’s continuing “evolution” was encouraging.

    I also wanted to contact guys from my unit and see what percentage of them had PN. Making such connections were fruitless. They’ve either passed on (some by their own hand) or just do not show up via internet searches.

    I have an exam and review scheduled with the VA next week. So, again, it sounds like Rev. Loree’s history (and SETTLEMENT!) might be very relevant to me and many others. Could he please share? Thank you for your service … back in the day and now.

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