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BY CHRIS HAYES
FEBRUARY 29, 2016
Casto emailed us this morning, after our follow up interview, with even better news. He titled the e-mail "we won!" and went on to explain that the VA awarded him a 70% overall disability rating. He said after seven years of dealing with the VA on this, he believes he's now won the battle.(KTVI) - A military veteran suspected to have been exposed to Agent Orange feared the VA would deny him benefits, waiting for him to die. Now a huge change since our story after an unexpected government response.
One week after our FOX Files investigation about vets denied benefits for exposure to Agent Orange, Bill Casto received a 27 page letter with a surprising acknowledgement.
Casto read from the letter, “It says ‘VA memorandum, herbicide exposure conceded dated February 5 2016.’ After all these years since 2009, when I originally filed my claim they`re admitting now that I was exposed to herbicide.”
He got the letter February 5th, one week after our report when Casto told us, “Deny, deny, deny until you die is what we say.”
67-years old and hooked to oxygen, he suspected the VA may be waiting him out.
Casto said, “There`s thousands of us in the same boat, thousands of us.”
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