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geezmk
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Posted - Sep 08 2010 :  02:24:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been in and out of the hospital and still not really on my feet, so I have not be very active in responding herein lately but I have been reading postings. I've started working with the VA and so far they have helped in my getting med's, giving me a deluxe walker (with wheels & seat) and a new nebulizer. They mentioned that on my next visit I need to inquire about a scooter. Do they provide oximeters? I was never disabled because of my Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and it is now in remission - I was told that any application for any benefit is from date of submission not retroactive. I am 66 years old, draw social security retirement - I stopped working at 64 in 2008 and drew disability until I turned 66. I am disabled and homebound due to my COPD & CVID. I am a Vietnam vet with 5 1/2 years of service. I am being told by a counselor at the VA to apply for non-service connected disability - what is that and what type of monthly benefit range is it usually? They also say that I probably qualify for home aid and allowance for homebound, so I am applying for that as well - what is that and what type of benefit does it offer? I never thought I would be looking into it but I am considering moving to independent living, assist living or nursing home - how does the VA help with this? Is there anyone out there from Texas that knows how medicaid works in all these matters and if a person is on medicaid can they still get VA benefits? Any help on any of these issues is greatly appreciated. Good nite y'all.

Dave-OH
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Posted - Sep 08 2010 :  11:12:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you get non service connected disability they will help with nursing home costs. Any Non service connected pension is reduced by your Social Security, but the advantage is help with nursing home costs.

They can not award disability for COPD by law. You might be able to get a VA rating for your CVID or Non Hodgkin Lymphoma. Talk with a Veterans Service Officer. If you tell me nearest major city, I can give you some contact info.

They do not provide pulse oximeters.

They will help with mobility aids.

The assistance from Medicaid is reduced by your VA benefits and other income, with a small amount for spending money. Medicaid in most states only pays for nursing home care, not Assisted or Independent living.


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geezmk
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Posted - Sep 12 2010 :  4:30:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am late in responding because I went into the hospital again. I have Medicare only, not Medicaid. Because I turned 66 I no longer longer receive social security disability - only retirement pay. I am in Spring, Texas which is a suburb of northern Houston. I use the Conroe, Texas VA medical clinic because it is much closer than the main VA hospital. I currently use them only for med's - working out very well. Shortly I will be discussing non-service connected disability; allowance for homebound; and compensation - not sure how all these work but sure that the counselor will be able to explain it to me and hopefully I will be able to get a little something to help with the social security that is my wife & my only income. I will discuss with them about nursing homes/assisted living, it something that I am considering because my wife's health is starting to take a toll on her and of course she can get no help from the VA. As for as equipment on my last visit the nurse mentioned that the VA provides scooters for those that qualify and that I should ask about it, I had to be wheeled around and to my daughters car when finished - I didn't know they provided scooters. Between now and the time that I go to my next visit I may pester you again if I have some questions but for now I am just trying to recover from just coming home from the hospital. I really appreciate all the help and advice you give - thanks. If a person has reached the legal retirement age per social security, 66 I think, can they still apply for disability with different programs even though they have reached an age where they are not expected to work anymore?
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geezmk
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Posted - Sep 30 2010 :  5:11:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I still have not gotten to the VA clinic and counselor. I've been in and out of the hospital, rehab and skilled nursing. Could you explain 1) Allowance for homebound, 2) Home health care, 3) Non-service connected pension. Attorney's here are advertising for to help veterans get up to $1,949 for VA aid & Attendance benefits - what are they referring to? If I am no longer receiving disability from social security because I have reached full retirement age could I still apply for compensation for diseases related to agent orange exposure? Thanks.
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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Sep 30 2010 :  5:13:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will post later, I have plans tonight. I do recommend a FREE VSO - Veterans Service Officer. If I know where you live, I can give you a phone number.

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geezmk
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Posted - Sep 30 2010 :  5:36:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will watch for your post. I live in Spring, Texas - which is on the northside of Houston. I am going to go see a FREE VSO at the Conroe clinic when I get back on my feet but I thought I would pester you until I do get back on my feet. Have a good night. Thanks.
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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Oct 01 2010 :  12:07:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The organizations include AMVETS, DAV, American Legion, VFW and others. They service is free. It is best to call the organizations and setup an appointment.

Organizations Chartered by Congress and/or Recognized by VA for Claim Representation
http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view


The list is long.

DAV Services for Veterans
http://www.dav.org/veterans/VeteransAffairs.aspx

AMVETS National Service Officers
http://www.amvets.org/service/national_service_officers.html

VFW Service Officers
http://www.vfw.org/vetservice/DSO%20Roster%20for%20Website.pdf

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geezmk
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Posted - Oct 01 2010 :  10:23:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, have a nice day.
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Hunter32
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USA
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Posted - Oct 07 2010 :  05:44:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi GeezMK, I saw your post. I'm a vet myself, and I was medically discharged in '04. The best resource I have found is my local Veteran Service Officer. It is worth the trip, and/or the phone call. They know the regs., and POC's in your area. They exist to help vets get what they need. This is the info. I found for your area: I hope this helps! Thank you for your service to our great nation! Primary Contact James E. Nier
Executive Director
Post Office Box 12277
Austin, TX 78711-2277
512-463-6564
512-475-2395 fax
ExecutiveOffice@tvc.state.tx.u
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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Oct 07 2010 :  10:02:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My experience with County and State Service officers and that of several of my associates is not as good as groups like DAV. They have some resources that are unique, and I have had a few on military.com use the Texas Veterans Commission, but for the most part most prefer one of the other organizations.

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Hunter32
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Posted - Oct 09 2010 :  10:56:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would like to think that ALL of these veteran organizations serve the veteran. DAV is one of many such organizations.
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Dave-OH
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USA
3426 Posts

Posted - Oct 10 2010 :  12:17:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I deal with this almost every day on a national basis. Each organization has good, fair and bad service officers. The state service officers (and county officers) often do not have as much training as the DAV and AMVETS reps. What they do have is some money and can help with somethings that the national organizations can not do. They also can help with things like the property exemption in Texas and Florida and other unique state issues. Just so you know, my other forum is Military.com, where I am the Lead Moderator for Veterans Issues and Education. I have done that for about 3 years and I hear the good and bad about all service officers.

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Hunter32
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Posted - Oct 10 2010 :  12:00:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am aware of property expenptions, as I am a one hundred percent service-connected permanent and totally disabled veteran in Florida.I didn't arrive there by chance, and it is because of my local VSO that I received the help I needed. So, I understand perfectly the process. I have simply stated my own personal experience. It was because someone did their job that I had results. I am for the veteran, and I know many wonderful VSO's, DAV reps, and fellow VFW members that feel the same way. I don't care about money or politics. I have the utmost admiration for those who have dedicated their lives to making sure veterans get what they need. It is my hope that every veteran organization exists to do the same.

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Louonamac
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Posted - Oct 25 2010 :  12:33:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am on Social Security + service connected disability and Medi-Care, but finding that COPD and emphysema can not be added to anything that is service connected and in being 70 yrs. am past the working years for employment disability, at least this is what I was told at our VA clinic here in Decatur, TX, although I was not looking for anything money related, just in need of a house cleaner and cook which my neighbor receives at no charge.

I must be on oxygen 24/7 with the lungs completely shot, unable to walk more than a few feet and can not stand long enough to fry an egg, learning to do this while sitting in my walker that has a seat.

My elderly neighbor claims to get his house cleaning, laundry and cooking through a social security program but could not locate a service that is sponsored by state or government, do you know of such a service? Have no desire to be placed in either a VA home or rest facility.


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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Oct 25 2010 :  1:01:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can not receive VA compensation for COPD - it is against the law. There are service in many communities for senior citizens and the disabled. Talk to your community seniors agency. They should have meals on wheels and other services like housekeeping.

Wise County Committee On Aging

Wise County Committee On Aging
300 N Trinity St Ste A, Decatur, TX 76234
(940) 627-5329

http://www.wisemealsonwheels.com/


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Sue-NC
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USA
354 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2010 :  07:49:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lou, you might check this link and see if you might qualify for Housebound Level for Improved Pension if you do not qualify for
Aid and Attendance from VA.You will need a physicians statement.Scroll down to Housebound Pension.

http://www.veteranaid.org/improved_pension.php
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Louonamac
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USA
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Posted - Oct 30 2010 :  8:15:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you. Problem here is that only PTSD is service connected but not the COPD / emphysema, otherwise I would qualify, so have to see about what the state has for the disabled who are homebound.

LouT
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Dave-OH
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USA
3426 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2010 :  11:29:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I posted the contact information for you.

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tyree
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Posted - Apr 15 2011 :  8:36:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by geezmk

I've been in and out of the hospital and still not really on my feet, so I have not be very active in responding herein lately but I have been reading postings. I've started working with the VA and so far they have helped in my getting med's, giving me a deluxe walker (with wheels & seat) and a new nebulizer. They mentioned that on my next visit I need to inquire about a scooter. Do they provide oximeters? I was never disabled because of my Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and it is now in remission - I was told that any application for any benefit is from date of submission not retroactive. I am 66 years old, draw social security retirement - I stopped working at 64 in 2008 and drew disability until I turned 66. I am disabled and homebound due to my COPD & CVID. I am a Vietnam vet with 5 1/2 years of service. I am being told by a counselor at the VA to apply for non-service connected disability - what is that and what type of monthly benefit range is it usually? They also say that I probably qualify for home aid and allowance for homebound, so I am applying for that as well - what is that and what type of benefit does it offer? I never thought I would be looking into it but I am considering moving to independent living, assist living or nursing home - how does the VA help with this? Is there anyone out there from Texas that knows how medicaid works in all these matters and if a person is on medicaid can they still get VA benefits? Any help on any of these issues is greatly appreciated. Good nite y'all.



Hello you could qualify for Medicaid assistance once you exhausted your assets down to $2000. nursing home care is tremendously costly. in 2010, the average cost for nursing home care was $85,000 -- this cost will eventually rise in the future. this is the most expensive form of care, and everyone must be prepared from depleting his or her assets. you can get a lot of information on this website

<<I have removed the link - it is a company selling LTC insurance >>
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Therev
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Posted - Jun 24 2011 :  8:08:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diagnosed with COPD @ VA 7-8 years ago. Worked until this year when I was laid off and decided it was time to apply for SSDI. Been struggling with breathing difficulty and exhaustion for a few years but this last year has been extremely difficult. I have been treated by VA for the last 6 years and am currently on Symbicort and Albuterol and other meds for hypertension. The thing is, I really never knew how bad it really was. Whenever I would go to VA due to breathing issues they'd give me some pills and send me home. Va never did any tests other than an Xray in 2005 and again last year, thats it. After applying for SSDI and doing a bit of research I figured there was no way I'll ever qualify for SSDI, theres just not enough medical evidence to support it. Yesterday I bought a peak flow monitor. Every reading so far has been around 280 PEF and 1.01 FEV1.
I'm 59, 5'7" 210 lbs., I think that puts me well within the guidelines for SSDI but input would be appreciated.

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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Jun 24 2011 :  8:37:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
280 would be your peak flow. FEV1 is in the range. Please loose weight. I am 5'6" and weight 142. That will help your breathing.

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Teac
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Posted - Dec 24 2012 :  2:20:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I know this thread is quite old, and I am new here.. but twice in this thread the moderator has stated service connection is not granted for COPD, that it was against the law. As a veteran who at one time was a service officer for the DAV, and as a veteran who is service connected at 100% for COPD.. I think the statement that it is against the law to award service connection needs to be addressed.

First service connection can in fact be granted for COPD. I am living proof of that. My COPD was diagnosed on active duty during my retirement physical. My COPD is considered secondary to asthma, but that really doesn't matter. Many veterans are service connected for COPD. The only law concerning this is that COPD cannot be service connected if the COPD is considered to be a result from smoking.

There are ways to get around this law. If you have PTSD and claim nicotine addiction as secondary to PTSD, service connection can be granted. If you have COPD as a result of Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, (which is a generic condition) you can get service connection. If you are exposed to irritants due to work or enviroment factors , copd can be service connected. Up until, 1997 (?) not quite sure of the date, copd was even granted for those who smoked. Even to this date, some veterans are getting service connection for secondary causes related to smoking.

I smoked until I was 32, I quit the minute I learned I had COPD, my COPD is considered secondary to my Asthma both were diagnosed on active duty. I was service connected for asthma in 1986. I started receiving service connection for COPD in 2005, when I submitted a claim.

If a veteran is seeking service connection for COPD they should talk with a veteran service officer. Also there are veteran forums that have addressed this question in great detail. <<Editor's Note - since I moderate the military.com veterans forum, I am not going to direct people elsewhere >>
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Dec 24 2012 :  4:07:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry, yes it can not be for smoking. I am 100% for another lung disease. And you are retired, as the rules are a bit different for retired. But the law says the VA may not rate a disability that is caused by smoking. There was a lot of discussion when the VA was adding IHD as to how they would separate that cause by Agent Orange and that caused by smoking. They have never formally addressed it.

As you were diagnosed with Asthma, it is considered a progression from Asthma. In fact, even though I have a disease that is a presumptive, they continue to rate it as Asthma.

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Teac
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Posted - Dec 24 2012 :  5:21:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
<<Editor's Note - since I moderate the military.com veterans forum, I am not going to direct people elsewhere >>

I might be getting into a little hot water here and being new in this forum, the last thing I really wanted to do is start a disagreement with a moderator, but I can't help but feel the issue should be addressed further.

I have been retired from the military since 1986, I am well aware of military.com. Many veterans however never heard of Military.com which I might add, is limited in scope and more directed to the active military, and retired veterans. Military.com also doesn't cover half as much as the veteran forums that you deleted from my post does. I can understand you bias since you work for Military.com but really isn't the purpose of this board to share as much information and references as possible concerning COPD/lung disease. I have seen where links are deleted if the person adding the link benefits in some way to having people go to another cite. Isn't this a simulair situtation where you as a moderator for Military.com benefit( even if in a small way) by directing others to go there while deleting links to other veteran forums. I however have no bias concering any web cite. It just seems if your going to have rules, that you should be consistant in enforcement of them. In this case because you are the moderator you can make change or ignore the rules as you see fit.....but that doesn't make it right.

Also generally speaking the rules for va disability ratings are not any different for those of us that are retired from the military. We are rated using the same guidelines as any other veteran. In fact as a prior DAV service officer this is the first time I have even seen this issue come up.

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Therev
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Posted - Dec 24 2012 :  5:38:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, go ahead, all he had to say to me was "Lose Weight" !
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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Dec 24 2012 :  5:50:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do not work for them, and I do look at others. Like this site I am a volunteer, although unlike there, here I am the final word. I work with several long time NSOs with AMVETS and DAV. If you want to fight with me, I do have the right to lock your account.

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Teac
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Posted - Dec 24 2012 :  8:15:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I specifically said I wasn't looking for a fight... but you went exactly where I was afraid you would go. This is because you have no defense for doing what you did. All I did was give constructive criticism concerning your bias and make no mistake it is bias. It would be entirely different if you owned the cite, but you don't, and it would not hurt to be more flexable. I came here to learn about COPD, thinking it might be a good sourse of information and hoped to contribute. If the moderator puts out bad or bias information the cite isn't worth anything. I guess this must be some kind of record...1st day as a member and you want to lock my account.. why not just delete it.. frankly I have already tired of your know it all attitude and if I have to worry about rocking the boat every time I voice an opinion this cite isn't for me... and to think I was considering volunteering and putting my 42 years as a computer specialist to work for this cite.... oh well... I'm outta here.
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Sam-Tx
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Posted - Dec 24 2012 :  8:53:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Teac,
Why not calm it down while you still can? The reason there haven't already been twenty or more experienced COPD experts from this site on here defending Dave against your comments is because they all agree with Dave and know he doesn't need defending.
I'm sure your thoughts on COPD will be appreciated on this site, but, frankly, (just one person's opinion) you're not in the same league with the knowledge level of the experienced folks on this site. Might want to consider just reading and learning on here for a little while.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Dec 24 2012 :  9:31:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is a site, not cite. And my company donates the facilities for this site. I am the VP of the organization that owns the content. You were right, I used the wrong terms about smoking vs COPD. We have the right to determine the links. And I have looked at the links you have posted in the past, and found that the site I volunteer on is the best. Since this is a side part of the site, I put to help our members, you are way out of line.

I own a technology company. We have a private cloud. This site is hosted in that cloud.
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You fact do not add up. You are retired military with 42 years of as a computer specialist and have been a VSO. I have been in an IT related field since I got out of the Navy in 77. And this site has very little computer stuff to do. I did all that to get it running. Now, I just have some tweaks coming to move it from a physical to a virtual server.

Most of the work is done by the regular members. I add some of my knowledge on treatments and research. And occasionally I act as the editor.

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detail19
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Posted - Nov 12 2013 :  12:05:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
05/18/1998 - Awarded 60% service connected disability for COPD associated with asbestos exposure.
05/30/2003 - Awarded 100% service connected disability for COPD
11/12/2013 - Still kicking - on O2 at night - gotta lose weight - Moving into a CCRC next month.
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