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Jim's Mailbag is a regular column where veterans, service members, and family members can ask Jim Strickland their questions about VA and Social Security disability benefits.
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I've had my aortic heart valve replaced twice over a six-year period. Does that qualify me for agent orange?  I also have a pacemaker in. I was on the USS Midway CV a 41 and I did a second tour on the USS Chara AE 31 1965-1967.

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I was Air Force. I flew over 1110 hours of combat flight time out of Okinawa as a North Vietnamese linguist handling multichannel intercept. I never set foot on the ground. I did however contract MS while flying those missions which shut my ears off sending me stateside and leading to a 6 month early out. Nam vet or Nam era vet?

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Jim's Mailbag is a regular column where veterans, service members, and family members can ask Jim Strickland their questions about VA and Social Security disability benefits.
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A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans.
 

Step 1: Check if the Veteran’s service allows you to be eligible.

Step 2: Check if you currently meet the criteria to be eligible.

Step 3: Apply

 
 

1: The Veteran

 

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Mandatory implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement Act (AMA) of 2017 occurred on February 19, 2019. Congress recognized the appalling wait times veterans and their eligible family members have been enduring as to appealing VA benefit decisions.

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