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Service Connecting Sleep Apnea



Hello all,

I have sleep apnea which was diag (my first Sleep study) 10/31/2006 and I retired 12/31/2004. I have complained of daytime fatigue, been in a car accident from falling asleep and at least one other falling asleep with driving but without an accident, high blood pressure and a few other thing associated with SA while on active duty. I'm not sure that the car accident was documented as such but I am trying to get those records from Pensacola, Fl.

My VSO is telling me that I cannot justify a claim for SA and insomnia, I was just married on 12/01/2005 and this is how I found out of my sleeping disorder was she woke me up when I stopped breathing. I have my second sleep study coming up this month and will be get my CPAP then. My question is how to I prove that my sleep apnea is service connected or is my VSO right and did I lose this right? Any suggestions.

Thanks in advance,


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Hello Yellownumber5,

I came back from Iraq in April 2005, filled for sleep apnea shortly after. I was given only one sleep study and they fitted me for a mask in October 2006. I was denied the first time, so I had some guys I was in Iraq with, write me a statement saying how I snored and stopped breathing. I even had my first line supervisor write a statement how he would catch me sleeping (napping) during the day. Just this month they awarded me 50% SC for sleep apnea. I never went to sick call with this problem, so I can only assume that the buddy statements did it for me.

Hope this helps,


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Using a lottle logic there, Ask your doc to give you a time frame that it takes someone with OSA to develop hypertension. That should clear up the time frame for you with the correct medical opinion.

Then ask him the time it takes to develop pulmonatry Hypertension. I hope you havnt developed the second one yet.

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