I have a few concerns in regards to claiming compensation.
A little background:
I'm in the reserves, and recently returned from deployment late last year. I was activated for 1 year.
4 months after being released from Active Duty and back on Reserve status, I went to a private doctor because of pain I was having in my right ankle and left knee. The Dr. discovered I had flat feet, which was causing the pain...
While I was there, I asked her about some sleeping issues I have been experiencing for the past year. Waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air, feeling tired in the mornings, etc. She reccommended me to have a Sleep Study done, which I did. The results were: Sleep Apnea, w/need of a CPAP machine.
My question is: How do I go about in filing this for compensation? I read I should make a claim w/in the 1 year of release from active duty. (It has not been 1 yr yet).
I never complained while overseas regarding the sleep apnea (or my feet), but that is where I was first aware of the problem. The fellows that shared quarters with me, on numerous occasions told me I snored very loud. Once I returned home, my wife again brought it to my attention of the snoring, and she noticed I had moments where she'd hear a pause in my breathing. She also wakes me up at times when I stop breathing in my sleep.
I never had this problem before activating, and I'm still unsure what caused it.
I'd like to get any help or advice on how to go about this.