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Question: In 1990 my claim for PTSD was denied. I did not receive the claim denial letter, because I was imprisoned. I suffered with PTSD for another 30 years. Following a diagnosis of prostate cancer I again filed a claim for agent orange exposure along with another claim for PTSD. The agent orange claim was denied, but the PTSD was rated 100% service connected. I asked that the effective date be the original claim date in 1990, but that was denied. I am seeking help in appealing this to the claims court.

Answer: There are a few options for veterans who need assistance appealing their claim. One option is the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. This program provides veterans representation at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Go to www.vetsprobono.org for more information. The National Veterans Legal Services Program provides free representation for military medical and physical disability evaluation boards, military discharge review agencies, VA regional offices, the Board of Veterans' Appeals, and the courts that review the decisions of these agencies. For more information go to www.nvlsp.org. You can also call the Legal Learn line to see if you qualify for the Military Assistance Project at (866) 637-5341. Those who qualify can receive a free consultation with an attorney.

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  • In 1990 my claim for PTSD was denied. I did not receive the claim denial letter, because I was imprisoned. I suffered with PTSD for another 30 years. Following a diagnosis of prostate cancer I again filed a claim for agent orange exposure along with another claim for PTSD. The agent orange claim was denied, but the PTSD was rated 100% service connected. I asked that the effective date be the original claim date in 1990, but that was denied. I am seeking help in appealing this to the claims court.

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