My dad served in the United States Air Force Active Duty at Luke Air Force Base located in Arizona from 1966-1969 .
According to the Public Health website ,the following occurred during that time:
Location: Pinal Mountains near Globe, AZ
Dates: 1965, 1966, 1968, and 1969
Project Description: In 1965, the USFS began a land improvement program in the Pinal Mountains. The program called for spraying an area of chaparral with herbicides to accomplish the objectives of multiple land use.
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My dad not only was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, he was also diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease both of which are recognized as PRESUMPTIVE DISEASES. However, because the current benefit time frame requirements for veterans who were stationed at Luke AFB are from 1970-1973, it excludes him from receiving benefits. How is that possible??
The presumptive provisions for Agent Orange have only been extended to boots on the ground in Viet Nam itself, and on a limited basis, to certain USAF maintenance personnel working on a specific model oh aircraft (C-123) at Rickenbacker AFB and at Pittsburgh. He can still make the claim for disability resulting from exposure to Agent Orange, but the claim would have to be on a direct basis, not presumptively. That means he would have to show medical evidence (a doctor's opinion), linking his issues to the AO exposure to a degree of at least as likely as not or higher, with an accompanying rationale explaining the reason that the doctor can make such an opinion. Presumptions for VA purposes are found in the law--otherwise, it must be a direct claim.
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