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      The VA DRO denied my claim for an earlier effective date for my sleep apnea. They originally denied it in 2008 but granted it in Nov 2019 secondary to my GERD. I was rated for GERD in 2001. So I had it in 2008. I have attached the 2008 denial, 2018 approval, and the NOD SOC. All of my medical files and the medical articles and VA Citations referenced were in existence in or before Jan 2008. The only new items were the NEXUS letter from Dr Bash and a few extra buddy letters. The original denial states that my medical records show no diagnosis or treatment and only isolated complaints of symptoms. The denial does not even list my wife's or my lay statements as evidence reviewed. I have symptoms listed numerous times in my SMRs:

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I have been retired now for 10 years, I am rated as 100% Disabled Unemployable Veteran. I suffer from various conditions from mental to physical. If I come across as being a whiner, please understand my situation. Since bein declared unemployable in 2007 life has been nothing short of hard and at times unbearable. The VA does not pay enough to help with bills,mortgage and everything else I need for my family. I have a great wife and 2 great kids under 18. My wife works part time and the rest of the time she takes care of me. Before I was working as a contract manager making good money but then my disabilites took a turn for the worse, I was let go by two different employers because they said I was missing to much time at work which I was because I was very ill and still am. Now everything is collapsing around me and soon me and my family will be another statistic for Homeless Veterans for the VA. I really do not know how I am going to handle it when this happens. I have reached the point of frustration and have just about given up, on everything. I have asked many people for help including my reps but none can offer a solution. I did over 20 years in service never had any behavioral problems and was always graded high by my peers. I don't think I am going to be able to handle any more of the frustration and embarresment of not being able to support my family. Soon, I will make a decision about myself and hope my family benefits from it.

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Just an idea that may help...... are you getting concurrent Military retirement pay and 100% disability? Are you recieving social security disability? Have you thought about moving to an area that is less expensive to live???? Are you getting pay for your dependants?

You have probably already thought of these things but I always like to check because I have come across some vets that weren't aware they can get all three disabilities at the same time.

If your wife has to look after as you say have you applied for Aid and attendance, have you applied for the ILP program, the ILP program can help with making life a little easier for you regarding you disabilities and make it easier on yourself and your family.

I was a little concerned about your last statement, remember any decisions affect your whole family and therefore the whole family or at least you wife should be part of any major decisions, if your family wasn't willing to tough it out with you they wouldn't be there, and it is there choice to be there, so go with it.

Make sure you are talking to a psych to, if nothing else it gives you an out for all your frustrations. Life isn't easy for most us and my husband and I are in a very similar position, where we have to choose what bills to pay this month and what ones we will leave to the next. Know you are not alone and I am really glad you are on here on Hadit talking about this with the rest of us....

Good luck, I hope this info helps some! :)

I have been retired now for 10 years, I am rated as 100% Disabled Unemployable Veteran. I suffer from various conditions from mental to physical. If I come across as being a whiner, please understand my situation. Since bein declared unemployable in 2007 life has been nothing short of hard and at times unbearable. The VA does not pay enough to help with bills,mortgage and everything else I need for my family. I have a great wife and 2 great kids under 18. My wife works part time and the rest of the time she takes care of me. Before I was working as a contract manager making good money but then my disabilites took a turn for the worse, I was let go by two different employers because they said I was missing to much time at work which I was because I was very ill and still am. Now everything is collapsing around me and soon me and my family will be another statistic for Homeless Veterans for the VA. I really do not know how I am going to handle it when this happens. I have reached the point of frustration and have just about given up, on everything. I have asked many people for help including my reps but none can offer a solution. I did over 20 years in service never had any behavioral problems and was always graded high by my peers. I don't think I am going to be able to handle any more of the frustration and embarresment of not being able to support my family. Soon, I will make a decision about myself and hope my family benefits from it.
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Angry Veteran,

Welcome to Hadit. I too am concerned about some of your statements.

Please do check into all the benefits hawkfire27 has listed for you.

Be kinder to yourself.

Betty

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Soon, I will make a decision about myself and hope my family benefits from it.

Angry,

Welcome to Hadit.

The statement above, sounds like a permanent solution to a temporary financial problem.

How do you think this would really effect your family ?

carlie

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I would think about getting a lawyer to make sure you are getting every penny that the military and VA has to offer. If you do something to yourself you family will get less. You should be able to get your 100% from the VA and 100% from retiree pay without offset in this day and age. You do need to talk to a shrink or counselor to get your prespective on these things. This involves you and your wife and kids. Any decision you take will really impact them.

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      The VA DRO denied my claim for an earlier effective date for my sleep apnea. They originally denied it in 2008 but granted it in Nov 2019 secondary to my GERD. I was rated for GERD in 2001. So I had it in 2008. I have attached the 2008 denial, 2018 approval, and the NOD SOC. All of my medical files and the medical articles and VA Citations referenced were in existence in or before Jan 2008. The only new items were the NEXUS letter from Dr Bash and a few extra buddy letters. The original denial states that my medical records show no diagnosis or treatment and only isolated complaints of symptoms. The denial does not even list my wife's or my lay statements as evidence reviewed. I have symptoms listed numerous times in my SMRs:

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      b. Physical exam dated 24 Jan 79 listed frequent/severe headaches" dizziness, and
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      h. Physical exam dated 07 Oct 91 listed frequent/severe headaches
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