I am a widow fighting for DIC. My husband died as his claim was being expidited at the BVA in DC, but when he died, there went the claim. So I applied the very week after his death, being denied and now it is being appealed and I sit and wait, calling to be told it is being looking into. I have a disabiled son who was born after my husband return from Vietam Nam. My husband had a GBM (cancerous brain tumor) primary one (a death sentence. I have been told that brain tumors are not on the list, but I have sent with my evidence several cases that were given 100% disability for the exact brain tumor. I have talked to two of the widows in person. I was told from VA that if one is won, then it sets the path for all to follow. But it is like they put a # in a hat, and if you are the luck of the draw OK and if not, to bad. My husband served 21 years in the Navy. Yes he was IN COUNTRY on several occasions (verfiyed by ship mates) and also the barrels of AO were stored in the shop he worked in and not to mention the drinking water on board ships. I have been fighting from the day my husband was told what he had. The VA would rather they die off and them not pay and they hope that the widow will give up and go away, well this is one that WILL NOT GO AWAY. But we also should not have to be fighting for something that is rightly ours. These men and woman were promised to be taken care of and they were not and still are not. These young people are coming home and killing themselves because of the system. We should be ashamed of this, because if it were not for these men and woman in uniform, that give everything for our freedom, we would not have our freedom and rights. My husband was not a nobody. He was a devoted husband, father, son and grandfather, son in law,brother and uncle, his life did mean something, and the system tosses him out as he was nothing. He served in VN and also the Gulf War. Where is the justice in the VA system for them. Who are these Dr. and boards that set there and make high calls on lives and do not treat them with proper care, but yet they risk and many, to many have given their life so that they can be the Dr. and the borads and what ever. To only be slapped in the face and say DENIED. You really look around and check these hospitals out and the VA system as a whole and you tell me they value my husband and the many like him, NOT A CHANCE THEY DO. This is one very upset widow and I will fight until justie is done. The VN war we said ended, well no, it did not, we are still fighting the effects of it with thousdans still losing their life, and it is happening all over with this new generation of military. It is not right.
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