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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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Please bear with me I'm new to this site; I just retired from the Air Force after 26 years on 31 Dec 2010. I'll get straight to the point. I've had two back surgeries while on active duty for L-5-S1 decompressive laminectomics & microdiscectomy at Bethesda Medical Center, Bethesda Maryland. (Dec 2001) & L5-S1 redo discectomy Nov 2010. My C&P exams were conducted Aug & Sept 2010.

During physical therapy Feb 2011, I experienced shooting pains from my lower back & buttocks down my left & right legs. 02 Mar 2011, I was treated in the emergency room for chronic back pains & given Percocet's. 19 Mar 2011, I had an MRI, & the results were forward to my Neurosurgeon. 21 Mar 2011, treated for lower back pain in the emergency room & given Neurontin.

07 April 2011, I received my MRI results from my Neurosurgeon, recurrent left L5-S1 discprotrusion, central broad-based L5-S1 disc protrusion, L5-S1 lateral recessstenosis, right L5-S1 neural foraminal disc protrusion with questionable involvement of the right L5 nerve root. There is also a right L4-5 neuralforaminal disc protrusion with questionable involvement of the right L4 nerveroot. There is also left L4-5 neural foraminal and proximal far-lateral discprotrusion with involvement of the ventral aspect of the left L4 nerve root.There is also a left L5-S1 neural foraminal disc bulge/protrusion.

07 June 2011, I received the yellow envelope from the VA 80% disability

50% Sleep Apnea,

20% IVDS degenerative arthritis changes, thoracolumbar spine, lower back, status postsurgery

10% Patellofemoral syndrome, left knee condition with osteoarthritis

10% Residuals right ankle fracture with brace, inserts, degeneration and torn ligaments

10%Tinnitus

10% Bowel dysfunction associated with IVDS with degenerative arthritis changes,thoracolumbar spine

Statement also attached from the VA: We have reviewed your records and they suggest you may be entitled to additional benefits. We first need a claim from you or your representative. Please tell us on the enclosed Statement In Support of Claim (VA Form 21-4138) that you want to file a claim for degenerative changes of the left hip and DJD, right knee and bilateral pes planus, plantarfasciitis and hallux valgus.

09 Jun 2011, I filed a VA Form 21-4138, for reconsideration of rating decision of thoracolumbar IVDS and TMJ, status post surgical repair (claimed as dental surgery x 2/hardware and Individual Unemployability. Per the DAV, I'm also entitled to service connection for DJD left hip, DJD right knee, B/L plantar fasciitis,B/L pes planus and B/L hallux valgus.

21 &23 June 2011, back in emergency room & treated for Lumbar disc herniation with radiculopathy, stenosis of lumbosacral spine & osteoarthritis of the knees. 12 Jul 2011, myelogram & CT scan show 3 herinated disc's with bone spurs. My next appointment with my Neurosurgeon is schedule for 3 Aug 2011& Orthopedic surgeon appointment 10 Aug 2011.

According to E-benefits the claim dated 09 Jun 2011 closed as of 12 Jul 2011, but I haven't received anything in the mail yet? I've called 1-800-827-1000 twice day and keep getting the same message (please call back @ a later time) what's my next move?

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As soon as you hang up dial again, and again. Every time I get that message I'll try again as soon as I hang up and always get thru. It may take 1 to 4 times.

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After any rating decision has been made granting benefits, that ain't the end of the administrative trail. A "normal" veteran's claims file makes stops at a coupla desks and there always are a few (or most times more than a few) computer keystrokes before anything goes into the mail. Additionally, in our cases as retired military, an additional administrative step with DFAS is necessary to coordinate and re-compute any concurrent receipt.

FWIW, my edumcated guess is that a great deal additional was granted.

Your next move should be to just sit tight. In the great scheme of things, not hearing what you want to hear for only two weeks ain't too bad. Note: Sometimes, a payment or increased compensation will arrive before the Rating Decision; check eBenefits in the payments section to see if that's going to happen.

Besides, your's isn't the only veteran's claim sitting in some pile at the VARO, or moving from pile to pile. Processing claims is somewhat like eating an elephant .... it is an enormous undertaking, but it can be done if you eat the elephant one teaspoon at a time. tongue.gif

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According to E-benefits the claim dated 09 Jun 2011 closed as of 12 Jul 2011, but I haven't received anything in the mail yet? I've called 1-800-827-1000 twice day and keep getting the same message (please call back @ a later time) what's my next move?

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If your TDIU gets granted then the rest you can worry about in your spare time. Just hang in there and try to take care of your health while you wait for the process to finish. You may be in appeals for a while, but if you can't work due to your SC conditions you should be getting the TDIU which is paid at 100% level.

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After any rating decision has been made granting benefits, that ain't the end of the administrative trail. A "normal" veteran's claims file makes stops at a coupla desks and there always are a few (or most times more than a few) computer keystrokes before anything goes into the mail. Additionally, in our cases as retired military, an additional administrative step with DFAS is necessary to coordinate and re-compute any concurrent receipt.

FWIW, my edumcated guess is that a great deal additional was granted.

Your next move should be to just sit tight. In the great scheme of things, not hearing what you want to hear for only two weeks ain't too bad. Note: Sometimes, a payment or increased compensation will arrive before the Rating Decision; check eBenefits in the payments section to see if that's going to happen.

Besides, your's isn't the only veteran's claim sitting in some pile at the VARO, or moving from pile to pile. Processing claims is somewhat like eating an elephant .... it is an enormous undertaking, but it can be done if you eat the elephant one teaspoon at a time. tongue.gif

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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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