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.
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.
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.
Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question 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.
Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
Question 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.
Rephrase the question: 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 of your claim?”
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:
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
Hello all; this is my first post. I’ve learned a lot in this forum yet realize I have so much more to learn.
More confused and disappointed about misinformation than anything else but I got a heads up from the DAV that the VA denied 8 of my claims. I didn’t get the official VA package yet, only a heads-up letter from the DAV who is in the loop on my claims. One of the big items they disapproved was my sleep apnea. I had very bad gout/arthritis issues just as I was about to start my terminal leave. During that time, a tumor was found and removed from my right foot. These issues delayed the start of my terminal leave and resulted in me having to sell back 60 days of leave.
Retired 1 Sep 08; Referral from primary care provider: 19 Nov; Initial sleep study consult 29 Dec; Sleep study Feb 09; follow-up with doctor Mar 09.
I suspected sleep apnea for quite some time but wit everything else going on, that had to wait. I wasn’t worried because I was repeatedly told that anything I claim within one year of my retirement will be treated just like I was on active duty. I was told this by at least 3 VA reps visiting my local base while on active duty. So, a month after my retirement, I scheduled an appointment with the base hospital that just started a sleep lab. It took a month to see the doctor and two months to have the study done.
About a month after the study, I had my follow-up and the doctor; now at my six month point since retirement, and he told me I had the worst case of sleep apnea he has ever seen and that I must have had it for years. I asked him to put what he just said into my medical records but he only put “severe sleep apnea”. He ordered the machine and I used a rental during that time all through my cost share and Tricare.
Under the guidance that this was within my first year since retirement I was shocked that they out right denied my claim for sleep apnea. I contacted the DAV and tried what some people on this forum have done/tried and attempted to get the decision over-turned now, before the review process is done and the VA sends the package but the DAV said I must wait as the decision was already made. The DAV said I didn’t show enough of the sleep apnea being service connected; that I had the issue while on active duty. Again, I am still confused because 3 VA reps told me anything the first year was as if I was still on active duty! Yes, confused and stressed!
I made another appointment with the same doctor and will ask him to put what he said into my medical records or something to the fact that in his opinion, my condition isn’t something that typically is so severe that just occurred since retirement. I also understand that I can/should get letters from co-workers supporting symptoms observed while around them. Once I receive the VA package, I will then submit this information to the VA for appeal.
Am I missing anything that I should also do? How long is a typical appeal process? If over turned, do they start compensation as of the date I initially filed, date of appeal, or approved date?
To be honest, my quality of life after starting using the CPAP machine more than tripled so I am in a win/win situation already. I fell asleep on the highway more than once driving home from work since retirement and the reason I didn’t have this issue while on active duty is I lived on base, only 5 minutes from work. Now I’m 40 minutes from work by highway and was dosing off frequently.
For years, I would frequently wake up with a violent jerking reaction, often waking/scaring my wife. I had no idea this was or could be related to sleep apnea at the time. This is already documented in the sleep study medical records since retirement but I guess carried little weight in the decision making.
Any advice is most welcome.
Link to comment
Share on other sites
Top Posters For This Question
Top Posters For This Question
12R3G 1 post
Joep 1 post
ppeter 1 post
Aug 28 2009
Sep 19 2009
Sep 23 2009
2 answers to this question
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.