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?
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I got a letter from the DAV giving me a heads up with my VA outcome. One of the many issues denied was my claim for sleep apnea most likely because it was diagnosed six months after I got out. I suspected sleep apnea for at least two years but I traveled a lot while in the service and had many issues with my knees, feet, and ankles that took priority.
I didn’t worry because three different VA reps told me that anything found within one year of retirement would be counted just as if I was on active duty. Were all three wrong? I was shocked that the claim was denied. I don’t have the VA package yet, just wanted to ask about being diagnosed with something like this within one year from retirement.
My doctor (Air Force doctor who is an expert with sleep disorders) said I had the worst case of sleep apnea he has ever seen, that I had it for years, and that I would be on the CPAP machine for life, even if I lost a lot of weight. Previously, he said many can loose weight and no longer need the machine. I asked him to put all this in my records but he didn’t.
What is the best strategy to get this over turned?
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