Did you fly the C-123 between 1972 and 1982? If so, you've been exposed to Agent Orange. We all need to contact the VA's Agent Orange Registry Hotline at 1(800) 749-8387.
Filing a claim with the VA means you've applied for medical and pension benefits due to your service-connected illness or injury. In our case, exposure to Agent Orange means a higher-than-average risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, soft tissue sarcoma and a whole list of other potential illnesses.
Once your claim is approved (that's our current struggle...convincing the VA that the proven contamination in the aircraft equals exposure) you can receive the medical care you need and, if appropriate, a pension.
You can do this on your own by accessing the VA's web site and completing their forms online. We recommend instead accepting the services of one of the veterans' service organizations. Groups like the VFW, DAV, Paralyzed Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America are eager to have their case management specialists assist you in building a successful claim. They do all the work, expertly and for free!