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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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That is Horrible.

Ironically that was the anniversary date of my husband's death due to AO.

If he left a surviving spouse by all means have her join hadit and she should go to the DIC forum here and ask for advice.

I will be sure to see her posts there.

I used our search feature for Zen but cannot determine the status of his VA claim in his lifetime.

If it is still in process she can substitute herself as the claimant for retroactive accrued benefits and for a possible DIC benefit award.

He was so happy when the ALS regs came out. This is just terrible news.

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Another tragic loss of wisdom. I really hope (as Berta mentions) that his spouse can log in and get educated when she's had a while to get things settled.

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It is my understanding, Jeff - ZenArcher, was not fighting for his benefits but rather a strong advocate for vets with ALS. I believe he was one of the vets who fought early on for ALS to be presumptive. We have him, among others, to thank for staying with it and getting it done. He was quite a fountain of knowledge regarding VA benefits and ALS. I bet he would have pleased when this was announced:

We are thrilled to report that this morning, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published regulations that would increase from 30% to 100% the minimum disability rating automatically provided to all veterans with ALS who qualify for service connected benefits! The rating would be provided regardless of the progression of the disease or whether or not a veteran is totally disabled at the time of their evaluation.

Because the disability rating is used to calculate monthly compensation payments and eligibility for other benefits, this means that veterans with ALS will begin to receive a higher level of benefits much sooner than they otherwise would under the existing regulations, which provide only a 30% minimum rating. It also means that veterans no longer will be forced to have their condition continually re-evaluated in order to receive a higher level of benefits as the disease progresses.

This is a tremendous victory for our military heroes with ALS! The regulation will speed access to benefits, decrease the burden on veterans and their families and help them to receive the compensation and benefits they need when they need them.

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I also just located his obituary to post.

It is also posted under Fallen Comrades - to stay.

http://dailyitem.com...43-McEwensville

"October 15, 2011

Jeffrey P. Faull, 43, McEwensville

MCEWENSVILLE — Jeffrey P. Faull, 43, of McEwensville, Advocate for the ALS Association, passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 in his home after battling ALS for more than five years.

He was born March 20, 1968 in Jackson, Mich., the son of Bonnie Williams Faull, of Mifflinburg and Walter "Spike" and Margaret Faull, of North Carolina. On March 13, 1992 he married Tammy A. Arnold, and had two daughters, Tiffany N. and Breanna R. Faull, all of McEwensville.

A 1986 graduate of Mifflinburg High School, Jeff was a business development manager for SKF USA Inc.

He served in the Navy as a nuclear engineer for nine years, touring on the USS Theodore Roosevelt for four years.

Jeff was a member of the Watsontown American Legion.

Jeff was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, in 2007. In 2008 he spoke as a witness before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and was successful in making ALS a service-connected disease. On May 11, 2010, after years of hard work, Jeff was awarded the Rasmussen Advocate of the Year award by the ALS Association.

Jeff was a self proclaimed geek who loved computers and technology. He enjoyed watching anime and beating his daughters in every console game.

Along with his wife, daughters and parents, Jeff is survived by his father-in-law, Charles Arnold of Watsontown; brothers–in-law, Mike Arnold, of Watsontown, and Rick and Lory Arnold, of Milton; and sisters-in-law, Judy Arnold, Cathy and Rodney Taggart and Linda and Randy Newton, all of Watsontown.

Family and friends are invited to call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main St., Watsontown, where the funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with Pastor Amelia A. Shivers, of St. John's United Church of Christ, McEwensville, officiating.

Burial will be in Presbyterian Cemetery, McEwensville.

The family will provide flowers and strongly suggest contributions in Jeff's memory to the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Amber, PA 19002 or at www.alsphiladelphia.org."

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May ZenArcher RIP through his advocacy he has helped a lot of Veterans.

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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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