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    • Buck, a good friend (69) of mine just got the Bad News that his Prostate Cancer (Treated with radiation) back in late 2008/09, which had resurfaced with elevated PSA Readings of 10, in early 14 and had been treated with Hormone Replacement Therapy (Estrogen Shots with all the side affects) has now Metastasized to his Bones. Starting Chemo next week, prognosis, not the best. The primary reason he didn't have the Prostate/Seminal Vessel Removal Surgery, was fear of incontinence & ED. Not sure about the incontinence but I know he had trouble all along with ED. A Nam Vet buddy of mine, long time ED DX, swears by the "Pump." Be very careful regarding any Hormone Replacement Therapy. What was your last PSA reading? Semper Fi  
    • So far, no back pay has come in. We downloaded his benefits form and this is what it states:  Gross Benefit Amount:  836.13 Net amount paid:  0.00 Effective date: Sept. 01, 2016 Combined Evaluation:  50 percent His case closed on 9/22/2016. We are a little confused on the effective date. He submitted his claim some time in June, 2016.  That included a form from his sleep study done with the VA while active duty that stated he had severe sleep apnea. So he already had a diagnosis on file from active duty. He was not issued a machine at that time though. About a month ago he was asked to do another sleep study so they could adjust settings on cpap/bipap machine to issue it to him. He did that and picked up his Bipap machine about 2 weeks ago.  Would that have anything to do with his effective date being later than when he filed? He did already have a service related rating of 0% related to heart problems that he will be appealing later on ( one thing at a time right now).  So the sleep apnea was the only open case.  Can anyone let me know when he should be expecting his pay to start and also, because of the effective date.. would he be getting backpay? Thank you!
    • This examiner wasn't even a Dr.!!! She was a RN.  As far as the decision on my hip, I never even had a C&P for it. The rater just denied me even though i had my PCP write me a letter stating the the hip DJD was more than likely because of a documented auto accident i had while in service! I'm going to NOD on both the back because of the conflicting evidence from the C&P nurse and the rater and the hip because of the letter and the auto accident in my service medical records!  
    • Congrats. Way to hang in there.  Good luck to you and yours.  
    • This is wonderful news! But you are right-money cannot really ever compensate trauma and the term "in harm's way" can involve many horrible situations in service.( or even at the VAMCs-as I well know) I hope you have some sort of peace and closure to this ,FN and that you can enjoy this victory and true recognition of what you went through. And please don't hesitate to help others with similar claims. Encouragement goes a long way and your award is an encouragement to others,even regardless of the type of claim they have , with the VA. Nothing is impossible.     





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I'm currently a 90% service connected veteran and I am service connected for sleep apnea and PTSD. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea by the VA and was given a CPAP machine. My problem is that I have lost power several times and cant sleep without the use of my CPAP due to my medical condition. I am employed full time but have difficulty with work when I have been awake all night because the power is out and my CPAP will not work. Is it possible to obtain a HISA or SAH grant to have a electric generator supplied for my home?

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In addition to the emergency generator, will you request an automatic start-up and power transfer system? How about fuel for the generator?

Seriously though, my suggestions:

1. Either buy or ask the VA for an Uninterrupted Power System (UPS), such as the type used for home computers, electronics, etc. The UPS sitting in my lap right now has enough battery power to power a CPAP for in excess of 8-10 hours.

2. If your local power system is so crappy, complain to the local power company.

I'm currently a 90% service connected veteran and I am service connected for sleep apnea and PTSD. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea by the VA and was given a CPAP machine. My problem is that I have lost power several times and cant sleep without the use of my CPAP due to my medical condition. I am employed full time but have difficulty with work when I have been awake all night because the power is out and my CPAP will not work. Is it possible to obtain a HISA or SAH grant to have a electric generator supplied for my home?

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I'm currently a 90% service connected veteran and I am service connected for sleep apnea and PTSD. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea by the VA and was given a CPAP machine. My problem is that I have lost power several times and cant sleep without the use of my CPAP due to my medical condition. I am employed full time but have difficulty with work when I have been awake all night because the power is out and my CPAP will not work. Is it possible to obtain a HISA or SAH grant to have a electric generator supplied for my home?

You can always ask, but really it isn't going to happen.. I have a cpap, I gave up on using it... I am on oxygen 24/7 it keeps me alive.... my power goes out at least 6 times a year. I am 100% just for my lungs...... now I even gave a letter from my doctor to the electric company, they are obligated to keep my juice on only if I can't pay the bill other wise I am treated just like any other customer. I also have been awarded the housing grant, and have used the HISA grant... The housing grant can be used for anything that makes the home more accessible. The housing grant requires you to submit a claim just like any other claim. Keep in mind A generator does not make a home more accessible, beside the fact that you must have a specific service connected issue to get it, and needing a CPAP is not one of them.. you would also have to have another c/p exam before it was awarded.. HISA only pays for adaptions like ramps, door widening, or a basic roll in shower. and requires a doctors statement even for those items. Hell I tried to get a whole house HEPA system, and the va gave me a one room portable roll around hepa filter , I gave it away..... good luck with this one, I think you will really need it...

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I think it will be easier to go buy the smaller power unit and avoid all the hassle. Thanks for the responders for the information.

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