Help Veteran with Cancer Caused by Serving our Country Receive VA Benefits

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Here we are in 2019 and I had to reopen the petition for Dan Parks, because yet again the VA has failed this Veteran.  Dan went through the appeal process in the Summer of 2018.  However, at the end of 2018 Dan received a letter from the VA that stated they couldn’t find the transcript from his appeal.  This means he has to start over again for his disability benefits.

News story on Dan’s appeal transcripts being lost

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Our family friend, Dan Parks, is a U.S. Navy veteran that fought throat cancer. He was discharged from the military, partially, to end his exposure to ionizing radiation during his work in a weapons and ammunition facility. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is denying his claim for disability benefits – despite letters from the VA’s own doctors stating that Dan’s exposure likely caused his cancer. Dan needs your help to get the VA to change their decision before it’s too late.

Dan was stationed at Naval Submarine Base New London, where he worked with ordinance. During his time at the base, he was also exposed to ionized radiation. Fast-forward a few decades later and has Dan suffered from throat cancer. He now has to plug a hole in his throat to talk; a side effect of the cancer.

Dan’s discharge paperwork from the Navy includes a stamp saying he was being discharged, in part, due to the radiation exposure.

Multiple doctors with the VA have written letters saying there is a better than even chance that the cancer was caused by Dan’s radiation exposure during his time in the Navy. But the VA has denied his disability claim. The reason? They say there’s no proof he was exposed to radiation in the Navy.

As Dan says, “If the VA won’t accept their own doctors, where does a veteran turn?”

Dan’s been fighting for benefits for three years. He filed an appeal, but the VA won’t review it for another 18 months. Time is running out. He needs access to life-saving treatment before it’s too late.

Please sign this petition calling on the VA to accept their own doctors’ assessments and grant Dan Parks needed health benefits due to the radiation exposure he endured while serving our country.