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OK, I am not in Phoenix, but actually California.

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I retired from the Air Force April 2008 with 20 years 17 days of service. I filed for my VA benefits in August 2008 and just received a partial decision that put me at 40%...

I had a service connected claim of obstructive sleep apnea with CPAP which was denied because the VA found no evidence in my SMR.

The claimed disease start date shows April 2007 listed on my claim, however the VA cited that I had a snoring complaint in 2005 that no follow up was done and no sleep study occurred.

I am a tad miffed because in my service medical record shows my diagnoses of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and to start CPAP therapy in September 2007, but this wasn

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Now my question is should submit a letter of new evidence that includes copies of the overlooked medical records, my sleep study refered to in those records, my reciept from the CPAP machine I was issued, my last sleep study on Nov 2008 showing I still have sleep apnea and the print out showing my treament compliance or should I send in a Notice of Disagreement?Which would be faster?

Thank you for inputs,


If you already have a Veterans Service Officer then it may be good if you let that person know what you are experiencing and that person will assist you. Keep in mind that it is necessary to have a history of your ailments.. Nowadays fast is not in the vocabulary of the VA. Fast is 6 months to a year or more and that is for the VA claim fellow Veterans in my group have experienced. I sent my NOD within 2 weeks of my last notice also understanding that I could again be denied and if I was again denied I would require legal representation through my VSO......

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