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Veterans still struggling to collect benefits

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Vietnam combat veteran Robert Shave had heart problems associated with being exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange used during that war. The 66-year-old Schenectady resident applied for a disability benefit when the Department of Veterans Affairs added this to the list of aliments covered by Agent Orange impacts two years ago. “I got mine [approved] in 11⁄2 years, which is fast,” Shave said, adding many veterans don’t get a final word on their disability claims ...


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