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Just beginning the struggle to get my lung disease service connected, I Was served as a mechanic from 1984-1993 and was exposed huge amounts of asbestos, I now have severe case of COPD I've suffered a collapsed lung in 2016 I've had Pneumonia 3 times in the past 4 years and Im facing another lung surgery now. Ive only been able to work 7 months since Feb. of 2016 because of lung related issues and now I'm certain I will lose my job and insurance. My family doctor, thoracic surgeon and pulmonologist all say that my asbestos exposure could be a cause but none of them will diagnose me with asbest
I have obstructive sleep apnea (diagnosed by the VA) I think the VA will deny my claim regardless of the evidence I present. This post is lengthy, but I thing is may be helpful to others in the same situation. I have COPD determined to be service connected by the VA I find a BVA case that identical to my circumstances: In Citation Nr: 1228135 Decision Date: 8/15/12 , the Board of Veterans Appeals found that sleep apnea was aggravated by the veterans service-connected COPD and that service connection for the Veteran's obstructive sleep apnea was warranted. In this case: - The VA determined
steve7071 posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forumrecently received 70% ptsd "45 years later ! " and 60 % heart =90% cant believe this all happened so quickly. I was thinking I will go forward with an iu claim to get 100% and if denied I will file the other medical issues to accomplish the same end? I am 65 leaving my job and I am supported by my pcp dr with medical letters because of medications I take "13" heart issues and my depression issues with ptsd also. I have outside dr s who will file imo etc as needed, great support. any advise from elders or fellow service people. I want this for my wife, my health sucks not crying just need adv