Jump to content
Using an Ad Blocker? Consider adding HadIt.com as an exception. Hadit.com is funded through advertising, ad free memberships, contributions and out of pocket. ×
  • 0

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This thread is over 365 days old and has been closed.

Please post your question as a New Topic by clicking this link and choosing which forum to post in.

For almost everything you are going to want to post in VA Claims Research.

If this is your first time posting. Take a moment and read our Guidelines. It will inform you of what is and isn't acceptable and tips on getting your questions answered. 


Remember, everyone who comes here is a volunteer. At one point, they went to the forums looking for information. They liked it here and decided to stay and help other veterans. They share their personal experience, providing links to the law and reference materials and support because working on your claim can be exhausting and beyond frustrating. 


This thread may still provide value to you and is worth at least skimming through the responses to see if any of them answer your question. Knowledge Is Power, and there is a lot of knowledge in older threads.




Does anyone know if there is a connection between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Agent Orange?


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Answers 1
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters For This Question

Top Posters For This Question

1 answer to this question

Recommended Posts

Does anyone know if there is a connection between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Agent Orange?



Sometimes it's not what you have, but how you claim it.

Anything can be service connected, if you have the supporting evidence and use the VA language.

The only questions that have to be answered is: is this "as least likely as not" a service connected injury/illness or is this "as least likely as not" secondary to an already service connected injury/illness?

What am I getting at here? So simple bro.

PTSD-for example can cause Sleep Apnea(OSA).

However, you need a sleep study, to rule out that it's not a genetic issue, that causes your type of OSA.

Assuming you're a Nam vet with "boots on the ground" time is, you go to your doctor and get a Sleep Study done at a sleep lab.

Tell the doctors you are a combat vet, you take all the following medication and if you're diagnosed with PTSD, tell them this as well-that alone will normally give the vet the nexus needed, if the doctors know what they're doing and have experience with PTSD.

Next, there are some meds, which can cause OSA, it's also a know fact that PTSD can cause OSA as well.

The only thing is, you'll need a medical nexus from a specialist to connect the dots for you.

It does not matter, if it's directly service connected or listed as secondary!!

Fact is getting it connected, treated, compensated and if your lucky, one day cured!

As to your original question: Does anyone know if there is a connection between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Agent Orange? The answer is yes and no.

There's no direct connection listed in the AO list that says OSA is a presumptive illness/disease for Nam vets.

However, there are other medical issues, that can/will and do connect the OSA to other issues listed in the AO list, that'll make OSA a secondary illness, to a service connected illness/injury.

Hope this helps.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • veterans-crisis-line.jpg
    The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.


  • Advertisemnt

  • question-001.jpegLooking for Answers? Here are tips for finding the answers you seek.


    All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. To post, you must register. Registration is free. You can register for a free account here.


    You can read the forums without registering.


    Tips on posting on the forums.

    1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question.
    2. Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
    3. Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.


    Leading to:


    Post straightforward questions and then post background information.


    • A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
      • Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
    • I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
    • B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
      • See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
        • I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?


    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.




    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed.
    • This process does not take long.
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. The review requirement will usually be removed by the 6th post. However, we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.
    • This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before hitting the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims, and this helps us do that.
  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • Advertisemnt

  • VA Watchdog

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines