How does a person apply for benefits if he served in Viet Nam and now has cancer? If through the VA, what steps should be taken?
Instead of fighting all the red tape, delay &/Or the declining of your VA benifits, or compensation, you should seriously consider hiring a Lawyer who is good at gaining you relief. Just don't get any dam lawyer, but shop around, verify a lawyers experience, record, or rating by other Clients. Do not mess that up, by hiring a Lawyer that's NO GOOD!!! Ask for tips & check the Lawyers History, or his Success Record!! Many Lawyers will do this & the appeals Pro Bono, which means their services a free. Should you win your case, appeal, or claim, then he collects a fee for services rendered!! Take Care & Stay Safe, Dapper DanEDITED 06•12•18: @5:39PM CST, I should mention, too, that you should Google information about Agent Orange because there Are definitely a few Cancers that are presumptuously caused by this cursed Herbicide & call for immediate monthly compensation. If you can go to the VA Hospital, or have a friend go there if you aren't able, and ask the Hospital Admissions Clerk, the VA Benefits Representative, or the Hsptl. Patient's Advocate for-VA Form 21–4138, The Statement In Support Of Claim. By filling out this VA Form you will not need your Lawyer. You can mail it, even fax it to the proper Claims Department that’s usually located in your State Capital, or you can take it to a VA Benefits Representative (who is usually in an office Only on 2, or 3 days a week, so call 1st). When you get your hands on that VA Form 21–4138, DO make a stack of copies for any future use. That's what I did & I never regretted it, to say the least!! Thank God, for Common Sense!! LOL!! Then just sit back & sing, “That Bitch Better Have My Money!!” You know what I'm saying?? OH! Also, whenever they do send you that 1st Comp. Check, Don't Forget To Appeal That Amount Because They Will Usually Send You ‘Mo', Sometimes MUCH MORE! Why ‘Mo Moola'? Because they have to pay Retroactive Compensation, at least 10 years back & depending on certain factors, maybe either when you returned from Nam, or when your were actually diagnosed, or your prognoses was determined & documented into your Medical Records. Please, if anyone doesn't agree with me, don't tread on me because I worked with Lawyers & VA Comp Reps since 1977 helping with my Dad's Claims & Appeals! That & I'm a Diabled American Vietnam War Veteran, and I won't Debate This Subject, so save your Tech Device Battery & Your Time. Okay,…..? Okay, Thanks!!