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  1. After a long battle, my Marine Vietnam Vet brother has been awarded 100% service connection for schizophrenia. The VA has denied this claim since originally filed in 1982. Even though he had schizophrenic episodes and subsequent hospitalization - it was well past his discharge date of 1971 -- thus no service connection in the eyes of the VA. (Discharged because he tripped over a grenade booby trap and was WIA, I might add). Now 48 years later, the VA has approved the claim. It has been denied at least twice, and I filed a Notice of Disagreement, and was fortunate to include an IMO from
  2. Thank you Gastone. Did you support your secondary claim with a nexus letter or just rely on C&P Examiner to confirm the connection, along with your private doctor DX ?
  3. Has anyone had any luck with claiming Sleep Apnea as secondary to Hypertension and/or Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease ? My husband has service connection for both hypertension and heart disease and now a current diagnosis and medical equipment for sleep apnea. I've read where VA has approved hypertension secondary to sleep apnea and heart disease secondary to sleep apnea, but not the other way around. If anyone has an archived VA citation in this regard, or personal experience, would greatly appreciate hearing about it. Thanks all.
  4. I applied for SSDI for PTSD for my Vietnam Vet Purple Heart WIA brother in 2014. It was declined. The reason being I didn't have any medical documentation for a certain time period past his last employment in 1988. Had to prove he couldn't work any longer in 1988 because of the PTSD and they wouldn't accept anything but a medical diagnosis for that time period -- didn't matter he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1978 and again in 1983.
  5. Greetings AskNod ---- you were recommended to me by Buck52.   When you have a chance can you please review this ?   See denial letter from VA in 1983 below -- I've filed new claim for my brother on PTSD being service connected.  They've come back with "Disabilities Claimed" are "PTSD (Reopen), non-service connection pension (New), Schizophrenia, residual type; competent (New), residual scars of shell fragment wounds (Increase), Competency (New), and Special Monthly Pension (New).   It is in Gathering of Evidence stage and they've come back to me with 9 requests - Agent Orange, Aid & Assistance, and medical evidence for unemployability related.  Buck52 and Berta seemed to think we may have a CUE since they didn't rate the PTSD service connected.  No ratings assigned yet.   But I'm trying to familiarize myself with NODs/CUEs etc when they do.   What do you think?   Thank you for your time.


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      Not enough there to base a theory of outcome. I usually work from a c-file to determine all the possible assets in a claim. I'd be shooting from the hip to say anything more. Sorry. You need three things. Disease or injury. Disease or injury or risk in service. A nexus letter linking the two. As for scars. Look at DC 7800-7805. I have scars over 20% of my body and get 30% for them but you can't miss them. They have to be fairly visible and measure a certain size to qualify. 

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