Jump to content
  • Donation Box

    Please donate to support the community.
    We appreciate all donations!
  • Advertisemnt

  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims

    questions-001@3x.png

    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
    Continue Reading
     
  • Ads

  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   

    tinnitus-005.pngptsd-005.pnglumbosacral-005.pngscars-005.pnglimitation-flexion-knee-005.pngdiabetes-005.pnglimitation-motion-ankle-005.pngparalysis-005.pngdegenerative-arthitis-spine-005.pngtbi-traumatic-brain-injury-005.png

  • Advertisemnt

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

Sponsored Ads

  •  ad-free-subscription-002.jpeg     fund-the-site.jpg

  • Searches Community Forums, Blog and more

  • 0
Sign in to follow this  
HowIWish

PTSD and OSA- filing at the same time?

Question

Well, my husband finally has an appointment just to see a VA doctor, so we're getting somewhere. I can't find a solid answer to this question, but I'm still building my search skills on this forum!

 

My husband was first diagnosed with PTSD. Then he gained weight from the meds. His snoring became unbearable so he then had a sleep study. He was diagnosed with OSA and has been compliant with his CPAP for 3 years.

He was then diagnosed with Bipolar 1 in June. He is going to have to take a medical reitrement from his job and he has finally given up the fight and is filing for VA disability.

My question is this- all of his diagnoses up to this point have been in private healthcare. He has an appointment next week to see a GP at the VA. They told him today to think of all the referrals he will need when he sees the GP so he can get them all at once.

Should he go ahead and see a sleep doctor at the VA? He has gained 35 pounds just since July from the new bipolar medication. He needs a new sleep study anyway because the weight gain has caused him to start snoring through his mask. I'm an RRT, so I know he needs new settings! :)

I am not sure if he should continue to see his private sleep doctor until he gets approved at the VA for his PTSD, or if he should go ahead and file both claims simultaneously. He also has GERD from he weight gain and as a side effect from his medication. So should he really schedule all of those appointments at his very first appointment with the VA GP?

Also, he did snore before his PTSD, and some of his buddies complained about it when they were in foxholes in Iraq. Should he get buddy letters and file the OSA as being exacerbated by the weight gain and meds, or as a new secondary condition due to the mental health meds? His OSA diagnosis didn't come until after he was actually taking PTSD meds.

Thank you!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

2 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0

The question of whether to file claims simultaneously or wait on one, depends on whether you need money or not.  

Remember, your effective date wont be earlier than the date you apply.  So, if you apply later, and if benefits are awarded, you will be giving up your benefits for x months that you delay filing.  The longer you wait to file, the more it costs you.  The VA would prefer if you wait indefinately, and never get around to it.  

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ad

  • 0

We've already put in his intent to file, and we definitely need the money! He will be losing 2/3 of his pay very shortly because he has to take a medical retirement and we have 5 kids. So that answers my question! Thank you! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Ads

  • Ad

  • Latest News
  • Our picks

    • So I've been in a basic power chair (Q6 Edge) since 2015. Late 2016 was also fitted for a TiLite TRA manual (also keeping powerchair). 2017 was approved by Tampa VA for clothing allowance for lower. 

       

      Moved to Battle Creek VA late 2017. Since then was issued new basic powerchair (Quickie P222-SE) to replace broken Q6. Still use TiLite also now can lightly ambulate with Forearm crutches.

      Use crutches 50%, and both chairs 25% each.

      Was approved for 1 clothing allowance this year for forearms crutches for upper.

       

      Was denied 2nd for chair/lower that was awarded last year because Chief Prosthetic states "powerchair takes precedence, you were issued that so you are to use only the powerchair".

      Also powerchair has gap between seat and leg mounts where clothes do get caught and tear. Clinician was I'll put it back in but"power chairs dont get clothing allowances", and "any review or appeal will only come back to me"

      I was approved for powerchair/custom manual combo clothing allowance last year; How do I word an appeal for the lower clothing allowance this year?

      My local DAV rep at the VA has no clue on how to handle this.

       
      • 0 replies
    • Thank you.  I’m not exactly sure of how I will file it.  If it is secondary to TBI, would it be pyramiding?
    • I understand what you are saying. Does it sometimes take awhile to update the VA letters and disabilities info online after it closes.....in my case on a Saturday ? Some on other posts on here says no and some say yes so I'm just curious about the inconsistency regarding that if it is yes and no.
    • I understand what you are saying. Does it sometimes take awhile to update the VA letters and disabilities info online after it closes.....in my case on a Saturday ? Some on other posts on here says no and some say yes so I'm just curious about the inconsistency regarding that if it is yes and no.
    • Disability Calculator: Veterans Compensation Rate Calculator
      Disability Calculator: Veterans Compensation Rate Calculator

      10 + 50 = 50 and other VA math mysteries explained.

      VA Math It’s Not Your Mother’s Arithmetic “VA Math” is the way that the VA computes combined impairment ratings for multiple conditions in a Veteran’s compensation benefits claim – and it requires that you unlearn real math. When a Veteran has multiple medical conditions that are service connected, and the Veterans Affairs rates each at a different percentage, it would seem that they should just add up your percentages to get to a total body impairment rating. Continue Reading

      Use our Ratings Calculator to add your percentages
      • 0 replies
×

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines