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Re: Attention all flightline workers 1972 -1973 474th TFW
Gerald, I am happy to hear the VA is implementing a new appeal process and I hope it works better than the old one, my appeal took a tad over 4 long years to resolve which is an insane amount of time to wait for an appeal judgement. My judgement came in a week or so ago. My claim was originally filed in January 2012, that's 7 years total so far. Best of luck with your claim and thank you for your service.
How long ago did you file your claim and did you get just your first denial letter recently. I wonder about the waiting process because I have also filed a claim and have been hoping that since they have been granting a few of these my luck could be better. Filed in October and according to e-benefits they expect to have a decision around June this year.
By the way, if you have not been watching on the 19th they are supposed to be implementing a new appeal process which "might" get quicker responses. What we really need is for congress to give us presumptive status like they have the veterans who were in country. Something like the Blue Water bills they have not gotten sent through yet.
I was a crew chief also at Takhli. I crewed Red Tail 67-101. 474OMS. Early Agent Orange flights for "Operation Ranch Hand" originated out of Takhli. If you remember, the entire perimeter was a "Dead Zone" especially the area near the trim pad. Also, in addition to the nightly "fogging" for insects (what the hell was that stuff) the came around regularly and sprayed the tops of the revetments (dirt filled) to kill the weeds. What was that that they used then??? There are lots of unanswered questions. I personally have THYROID ISSUES. I wish you the best. Keep us advised of your battle.
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