A Widow's Experience with an Agent Orange Claim
Webmaster's Note: Donald Prock was a Whitehurst Sailor
Who served on Whitehurst during the ship's tour in Vietnam.
He was in the party who went ashore for the crew's Picnic.
Donald developed several symptoms recognized as caused
by exposure to Agent Orange, including Skin Cancer and
Diabetes. He worked diligently to get his claim recognized by
the Veterans Department but died, without success, because
Whitehurst had not been placed in the list of ships with
Presumptive Exposure to Agent Orange.
The following letter is from Don's wife, Beverly, who pursued
the claim after her husband's death. She asked me to post it
to help other Whitehurst Veterans who find themselves
suffering symptoms of Agent Orange Exposure. mc
I am Don Prock's widow Beverly Prock. I am sending this information for fellow shipmates. On Oct. 24th 2018 I went before a hearing board member to get a final decision on Don's claim since 2010. He was asking service connection from Agent Orange on skin cancer he had and on diabetes. I had put the claim in my name after his death Oct. 19, 2016. I was granted service connection for Don on the diabetes only. I will get back pay from 2010 to present. Along with that, a monthly check for life, ChampVA insurance, Federal ID to use on any base in the US and tax exemptions on two vehicles and a home.
This was possible because of the work Don put into proving he was in Viet Nam, being on shore, getting ships records from archives,* being on the national Agent Orange list and lastly the letter from GMC Tim Lake stating he was onshore. The Whitehurst is a blue water ship, I learned in the hearing. Also, on Don's death certificate, cause of death was diabetes and stroke caused by diabetes.
I was told the guidelines are stated by VA so having the archive records with dates the Whitehurst was there helped and his medical records from VA hospital.
I can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org My hope is that this will help someone else. It is going to take a few months for all of this to be processed but it gives me such hope. Thank you Max for all your help with the information you have sent to us. Wishing you and yours many blessings.
Always, Beverly Prock
Phone number to call if
you were exposed, or think
Agent Orange Registry
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