NOTICE - There are several law offices and web sites offering to assist veterans in obtaining VA benefits. DO NOT EMPLOY THEM FOR THEIR SERVICES. They can't do a thing for you that your county veterans service office can't do. The county service office is a free benefit for all veterans wishing to file a VA claim. For veteran benefits in Howard County, phone 765-456-2511. Please get the word out about these people trying to rip off veterans.
Commander John Ayres
Central Indiana Membership Director
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
I've been involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for some time now. I'm all about improving the lives of our veterans and military. I'm a past District Commander and I've been serving as Commander of VFW Post 1152 in Kokomo, IN for 8 years now. I am also the current Central Indiana Membership Chairman. I myself am a Vietnam veteran.
Our veterans lay their lives on the line to protect our way of life. Please show them the support and respect that we did not receive during the Vietnam war. Our troops follow and obey orders whether or not they believe in the conflict.
If you are a veteran or troop that has been deployed, please join the VFW. The membership of the VFW consists of veterans that HAVE been deployed to a combat area. When we talk to a Congressman about benefits for our troops and vets, we need to let them know how many troops and vets that we're representing. The higher the number, the harder they listen, because vets vote! http://kokomo-vfw-rites.org
VFW has my POA for my VA benefits and they are doing a great job. If they haven't left service they need to make sure their medical records are up to date and use the VA before they get out. If they don't it could take up to 24 months to see any results due VA being backlogged.
Have you talked with your local Veterans Service Office? They may be able to answer your question. I'm a Vietnam veteran, and I haven't experienced any problems except the usual claim processing delays. I have a lot of Vietnam veteran friends receiving benefits for Agent Orange related disorders. Sometimes you have to reapply a claim before it gets approved.
clarence ritchie jr. said:
Why is it that the VA doesn't seem to care about the Vietnam Veterans? I recently lost my dad to A.M.L. (acute myloid leukemia) and it was caused by agent orange. The VA says there is a discrepency about my dads discharge and he has no claim. Why would the discharge matter if he was there? He had two tours in Vietnam. He got a bronze star. When he did get home, he had malaria and they wouldn't treat him. Now he is gone and my brother and myself are having agent orange related health problems. What can we do for ourselves? My brother and myself are both honorable veterans.