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Yahoo Louie. Good deal.

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I am 100% SC effective July 05!

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tell us please your story how you got to 100% please

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First off I have to say I have not received the paperwork from the VA, but my service rep at the PVA called me to let me know.

I am not sure of the date for receipt is correct however, as I am just a little over one year out from my retirement date I'm not sure fighting it would be worth the hassle. There is a point to be made, and some money but I am happy just to have my medical conditions recognized and service connected.

I just did what most everbody on this board said to do. I did make one fairly unique approach which I believed would work in my case. I took my second copy, the first is left alone in case I need it later, and I seperated each and every visit to the Dr into stacks accoring to the reason for the visit. Then when I made my list for consideration I indexed the letter to the individual ailments with coresponding Dr notes for each one. Figured it would make the case that much easier for the reviewing individual.

My areas of largest claim I beleive are Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea, Asthma, rt shoulder, Neck, knee and both ankles. Then there is a host of smaller 10%'s

How do you get sleep apnea sc? what is hypopneaa? I am new so if you could please explain.

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I have a sleep disorder called hypopnea. This is a condition where I stop breathing at night. This causes me to wake up a little bit and start to breath again. It is something closely related to Sleep Apnea which is when either a physical blockage of the airway is present, or your brain doesn't sned the signal to your diaphram to work. In either case it is a potintialy life threating disorder that get progresively worse if untreated.

The best way to determine if you have this disorder is to take the Sopworth sleep test, I may have misspelled the name but you can Google it. IF you snore a LOT and are tired in the day these are also indicators pointing towards a sleep disorder.

Then you go to your provider and tell them your symptoms and hopefully thye order up a sleep test. THERE IS NO WAY to fake it through the test. The test lasts overnight and generates up to 600 pages of data. So then a specialist looks at the data and if you need it a CPAP machine (provides air to you on a contant basis and again you can goolge it).

Then to have it service connected I had my service doc, I have TRICARE, wrote a letter saying how the symptoms of the condition for Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea exsister while on active duty. I have to also say I have other symptoms, all service connected already, such as high blood pressure, asthma, overweight, large neck etc. I also went to the Dr a few times to say how I was very tired all the time and the Dr said I was just "lazy" BUT he used the medical term Malaise.

So that is how I did it. If you have questions please ask and I will do my best to answer.

ok from what your saying it sounds like the same thing. I have a friend who is getting out of the army and he was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I snore so loud that i have to sleep in another room because my can't sleep and i also have to wear ear plugs so i don't wake myself up. I never new that i had this, if i never went to sick call in the army can i still get this service connected?

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It depends on your approach I suppose.

1. How long have you been out?

2. Did you ever go to the doc for acid reflux?

3. Were you overweight in the Army?

4. Do you have access to your lab slips?

a. It may just be there is a clue to the condition, should you have it, burried in your lab slips in the area of high Co2 in your blood. That is not a sure thing to connect but a part of the puzzle.

b. look for any inregularities on the slip, google them, and see what gives.

5. Did you ever get in trouble for sleeping during duty hours?

6. Can you get statements from people who knew you then, can you get it from very well respected ones?

These are all just suppositional on my part but it seems a good thing to do.

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It depends on your approach I suppose.

1. How long have you been out?

2. Did you ever go to the doc for acid reflux?

3. Were you overweight in the Army?

4. Do you have access to your lab slips?

a. It may just be there is a clue to the condition, should you have it, burried in your lab slips in the area of high Co2 in your blood. That is not a sure thing to connect but a part of the puzzle.

b. look for any inregularities on the slip, google them, and see what gives.

5. Did you ever get in trouble for sleeping during duty hours?

6. Can you get statements from people who knew you then, can you get it from very well respected ones?

These are all just suppositional on my part but it seems a good thing to do.

i got out june 2004. I went to a civilian doctor and he has mean of medicine for acid reflux. Overweight no. Well other than my wife and my friend who was with me in the military. Both of us snored are brains out in the field so he is the only one that is still in the area. I got in trouble for sleeping on duty hours but nothing like an article 15 or anything on record.

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If you can have your private doc or VA one order you a sleep study then you should be 1/2 way there. That is to say you need to have the diagnosis first and foremost. Then you can work on the SC portion. Now if you got in trouble for sleeping on duty, recall it as best you can. Who was there, who did the discipline and. if possible did anybody else in the unit know you got in trouble for it. While waiting for the sleep test, the results and such go out and find the individuals you can find. Tell them your situation and ask for a simple letter to the VA with your SSN and date time and what they know. The VA has a statement they want on each of these letters verifying and stating the facts presented are true to the best of their knowledge. I believe you can find the statement on doc's you have filed before. If you can get your doc to write a letter too and say the symptoms of the condition were present when you were active duty then you should be done.

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