I got this post off the neuropathy.org message board:
Hi Bettie Mae:
I do a great deal of advocacy work for veterans. I am certified by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to do so.
If any soldier was in Viet Nam, he was exposed to Agent Orange. It doesn't matter whether it was Saigon, Plei Ku, etc. A few years ago, Title 38 US CFR was amended. There are seven conditions whereas a veteran can get service-connected disability compensation (and apportionments for his children) relative to Agent Orange. Peripheral Neuropathy IS one of the seven medical conditions covered along with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Hodgkins Disease, Multiple Myeloma, Sarcoma, Prostate Cancer, etc. If the veterans 201 file or any other document can show the veteran was in Viet Nam, there is a good chance he can obtain service-connected disability comp. He would have to go to the VA for a C&P exam; He would have to be diagnosed with pn; and show the VA there is a link between the time in Viet Nam and the pn. Agent Orange and PN are not subject to the 'Presumptive Law'; therefore there are no time constraints.
Have the vet get a good advocate to help him. I would start with the County Service Officer where the veteran resides. Also, the DAV does good work as do other vet organizations. I hope this info is helpful.