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Submitting A Claim For Sleep Apnea With No Record Of It In Military


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I have seen in maybe this forum or other forums, people successfully getting service connected for sleep apnea with no record of it in the military. I was just diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea, and i am pretty sure its from the service. I was also just rated ptsd and i also understand that can be secondary to ptsd. Now what i have seen people who have successfully gotten rated for it without records, they supplied buddy statements (at least 3?) about there experience with your sleeping while in the military. They also posted a study that connected ptsd with causing as like the ones below. ( i guess to submit with the package) Also a statement from the va doctor or a private doctor stating those magical words "as likely as not"

http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleid=1087589

http://www.ngwrc.org/updates.htm

http://www.journalsleep.org/Articles/281111.pdf

I think i get all this information and submit a fully developed claim (right?) am i missing anything? is there anything wrong? anyone want to shed some light on this? Please please please, help.

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Welcome to Hadit!

If your physician could link your SA to your SC PTSD using what we call an IMO (independent medical opinion) or nexus statement, it might work. Look up the correct jargon. "Is due to" is 100% and best, "Is more likely than not" means 75%, but but some docs might hesitate. Often docs prefer "as likely as not", which means 50%/50% and tends to be the minimal the VA will accept. Even if the doc says 100% is due to, the VA might screw it up.

A fully developed claim might work.

Providing a case study can help minimally, but they really need a medical professional (preferably a doctor, even better if they specialize in SA treatment) to connect the dots. I sent in case studies with my claim, but the VA ignored them. It was not until my physician reinforced their IMO by quoting material from the case study that the VA took notice.

Good luck!

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