Navy veteran Dan Parks was stationed at a submarine base in New London where he was exposed to ionized radiation. His discharge paperwork even includes a stamp that says he was being discharged, in part, because of his radiation exposure.
Now, Mr. Parks has developed throat cancer, and VA doctors have written letters to the Department of Veterans Affairs stating there is a better than ever chance that the cancer was caused by his radiation exposure.
The VA, however, has denied his claim, stating there is no proof he was exposed to radiation in the Navy. Mr. Parks received his denial three years after he filed his initial claim, and his appeal will not be looked at for another 18 months.
As he stated: “If the VA won’t accept their own doctors, where does a veteran turn?”