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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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      c. Physical exam dated 07 Nov 83 listed frequent/severe headaches.
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Vietnam Vets With Cml Is It Getting Close To Presumptive?

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I received my denial last week. I have appt with my oncologist this afternoon (at VA). Have had contact with ExecDir of National CML Society, plan to work with him in finding medical experts to aid in establishing nexus for appeal. VFW Service Officer is not at all optimistic -- are any of them ever optimistic? Must be what they see all the time. Kind of like an ugly guy trying to pick up a woman at a bar -- eventually he expects rejection.

Here is the Facebook page where I have links to VA appeal docs, other info that can help anyone with CML. I desperately need to find fellow CML sufferers.

http://www.facebook....4598584147?ap=1

As an aside, the VSO was so negative about any claim I would have for my IPF (my other incurable disease -- Pulmonary Fibrosis) that he would not even take out a claim form. Flat told me that VA would say it was my smoking 25 years ago. Even my pulmonologists are not that negative. I had intended to volunteer to become a VSO, but not so sure. The negativism that becomes a part of that job worries me, with all the diseases I have I definitely do not need another negative in my life.

Please, any CML survivors or NOK, come to my website. I even have TWO children of Vietnam Vet BOTH with CML. CML is NOT a hereditary cancer!! I have a NOK who died of CML who lived in Ohio, and the VSO she spoke to would not even help her with a claim saying the VA would deny it because he lived in Ohio, a FARM state!! First VA goes to no proof of environmental links (there are plenty -- when cited on appeals they are accepted); and then they go to other possible environmental factors. Talk about having it both ways!

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My research has found information that Benzene rings in Agent Orange causes CML.  No physicians in our area have the balls to state " CML more likely than not was caused by Agent Orange Benzene rings". Monsanto sped up production of the Agent Orange which caused the benzene rings to remain. Have been fighting it for 6 years now at VA and this week finally a compensation hearing and exam to push the point. I find it strange that different forms of Leukemia are accepted but others ruled out. Simple chemistry says a blood disease is a blood disease. Blood is our life force. Common sense follows if the blood is diseased all Leukemia would be part of the damaged sequence. I firmly believe the VA is claiming ignorance based on monetary payouts only. If I can find this information so can their brilliant scientists. If anyone has like information of has won their fight please advise. I hope to prevail so other can gets the benefits they deserve.

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You may want to read up on this BVA Case

don't get discouraged as you read   just keep on reading the entire case.

https://www.va.gov/vetapp08/files2/0812788.txt

** Take notes of the CFR's Regulations they quoted  write them down look them up MAY APPLY TO YOUR CASE.

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On 7/14/2011 at 2:23 PM, TomLeo said:

Talk about having it both ways!

TomLeo, I was being stripped of my driver's license after my discharge because a neurologist from the Naval services reported me as unfit to operate a motor vehicle.  I went to the VA and requested treatment for my condition and was denied since I was not suffering a medical condition.  I then asked the doctor to write that up to the DMV.  He refused saying "You are suffering a serious medical condition that prevents you from safely operating a motor vehicle."  That's when I learned about Catch-22.

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vetquest now that is crazy...but knowing the VA that would be what they would say and do.

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    • Howdy all,

      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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      c. Physical exam dated 07 Nov 83 listed frequent/severe headaches.
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